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Literary Exchange in the Portuguese-Brazilian Atlantic before 1822

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As the observations of Silva and Neves suggest, the application of the conceptual framework to Lusophone literature of the colonial period raises a number of questions. This chapter focuses on two of them. The first issue centres on the difficulty of defining a starting point for Brazilian literature. The question "when did Brazilian literature begin?" has been answered by historians in a number of quite different ways. Norberto de Sousa e Silva takes us to the second issue, which can be defined as the difficulty in building a Brazilian literary canon distinct from the Portuguese canon of the same period. A fine entry point for consideration of these issues can be found in a group of eight authors considered canonical by Portugal and/or Brazil and who lived, wrote, and moved across the Portuguese-Brazilian space in the second half of the eighteenth century.

Keywords: colonial period; literary exchange; Lusophone literature; Portuguese-Brazilian Atlantic



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