The L’Ouverture Project
Caribbean Studies Association
TEORIA Y ENSAYO
Glissant, Edouard. Faulkner, Mississippi.
Ortiz, Fernando. El huracán. México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2005.
Reason, Certainty, Understanding
For almost 22 years I saved an article from LETRA. JOURNAL DE CULTURA. SECRETARIA DA CULTURA E FUNDACAO CULTURAL DO ESTADO DA BAHIA – SALVADORE NO. 84 – MARCH 1988
This was because it has an article called “Tropicalismo pragmatico” by Antonio Riserio and Gilberto Gil. The sub headline is “Mesmo quando o homem estetico se despe de atributos lendarios e assume uma posicao explicitamente politica, persiste a desconfianca do homem politico.”
The piece was originally published in the Folha of SP, and a defnitive version was to be in the book by the same authors, O PETICO E O POLITICO, which I believe has actually come out and that I have.
The part that I underlined was that the Tropicalistas were very serious. They understood the fragmentery directions and meanings of the phenomena of urbanization and industrialization in a peripheral country, over which the fat eye of planetary powers grew spectacularly. Thus the tropicalistas took upon themselves, from a universalist and people’s perspective (“popular”), the sociocultural chaos of the country. The authors say that in the era, they said they were there to bastardize the banquet of Brazilian culture. Tropicalia wanted to inject the present and reality into Brazilian culture’s bloodstream.
***I still think my idea of tropicalismo / boom novel is good***
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