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Machado de Assis: A Literary Life

K. David Jackson


This book is an interpretation of J.M. Machado de Assis, the Brazilian writer, and his fictional world. The central idea is that Machado put before us the theater of the world of Rio de Janeiro during Brazil’s nineteenth-century empire. His writing exemplifies hybridity and metaliterary play in a blending of diverse sources that emanated from his exceptionally wide reading and quotation from a world library. His hybrid style produces creative qualities that the modernist novel of the twentieth century championed. By his invention of character–narrators to replace himself as author, his selecti ... More

Keywords: hybridity, allegory, aphorism, dissimulation, displacement, quotation, satire, distance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300180824
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

K. David Jackson, author
Yale University