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‘Aprendiz de Proust’: Gilberto Freyre in Search of a Lost Past and a Renewed Future in Aventura e rotina

Miranda, Rui

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Abstract

The function of the self-proclaimed ‘Proustian’ traits of Gilberto Freyre’s work will act as the point of departure for a critique of Freyre’s conception of his non-fiction works, namely the travelogue Aventura e rotina (1953). As Freyre strategically frames a number of authors as the precursors to his own work in search of the intimate past of Brazil and/or of the almost lost presence of the Portuguese overseas, he concomitantly deploys disparate literary and historical/sociological structures and methods to suit particular aims. When accounting for this process, there are benefits in taking up Freyre’s claim that his non-fiction work bears a ‘literary character’ and his self-definition as, first and foremost, a ‘escritor literário’ at face value. Freyre’s much-lesser known ‘semi-novela’ Dona Sinhá e o filho padre (1964) and respective epilogue will provide insight into Freyre’s fusion and confusion between the historical and the literary. The postulation, in Aventura e rotina, that Fernão Mendes Pinto was a precursor to Proust goes hand in hand with the establishment of a teleological line of what Brazil should be, as Freyre conveniently fashions himself as the writer who ‘proustianamente’ glimpses (‘entrever’) the supposedly underlying unity behind and beyond the diversity and disparity of the ‘lusotropical’ world.

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Miranda, R. (2019). ‘Aprendiz de Proust’: Gilberto Freyre in Search of a Lost Past and a Renewed Future in Aventura e rotina. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 96(8), 1317-1342. https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2019.1654266

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 26, 2019
Online Publication Date Sep 2, 2019
Publication Date Sep 2, 2019
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Mar 3, 2021
Journal Bulletin of Spanish Studies
Print ISSN 1475-3820
Electronic ISSN 1478-3428
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Issue 8
Pages 1317-1342
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2019.1654266
Keywords Gilberto Freyre; Aventura e Rotina; Dona Sinhá e o filho padre; literature; fiction; history; Marcel Proust; lusotropical; semi-novela
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/2398960
Publisher URL https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14753820.2019.1654266
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Bulletin of Spanish Studies on 02/09/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14753820.2019.1654266

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