The influence of men writers in the shaping of Portuguese literary canon Abstract

Theinfluence of men writers in the shaping of Portuguese literary canon


Theinfluence of men writers in the shaping of Portuguese literary canonis a research proposal with the objective of discovering ways, modesor methods through which Portuguese, Brazilian and USA writers whohave fallen in anonymity can regain and maintain their literaryinfluence. More precisely, the research will focus on how the worksof legendary lusophone Portuguese literary writers can be kept alivein this 21stcentury. Can the application of social media be helpful inmaintaining their power? How can technology be sought in updatingtheir work to match contemporary literature?

Accordingto Parkinson (91) “Most histories of Portuguese literature leave Sẚde Miranda like that, but his work is more complex than it appears”.Thus, it is absolutely explicit that earlier Portuguese, Brazilianand USA writers have been disregarded just like Sẚ de Miranda.Among them are Edson Moreira and Paulo José Miranda, who will be ourcase study considerations in this proposal. In this research, throughthe use of available materials in the publishing industry includingjournals, articles and books, I will explore on how to use their workto give form to today’s literary canon. This lies on the fact thatprinting press was scarce in earlier times in Brazil forcingmanuscripts to be produced in Portugal, (Vieira 1) which makes ithard to access them today.

Thepurpose of the research will be to integrate ancient Portuguese,Brazilian and USA literary canon with more recent moderntechnological platform of literary canon. By doing this, the body ofknowledge in the education realm will be enriched. Notably, in thecolonial era, “European nations either ignored or marginalizedcolonial subjects and subjectivities, as people without letters,without literature and without history.” (Poddar et al xv). As aresult, by creating a forum where these earlier literature writerscan present their work in today’s arena, scholars and interestedpersons will gain access to this almost-fading stunning literaryworks.


Ina bid to realize my research objectives, I will apply thematic,empiric as well as theoretical approaches. In thematic approach, Iwill consider the themes that form my research and examine them topinpoint how they are related to the research domain. “This allowsa reframing of the themes of the review to suit the direction inwhich the project is going”. (Hammond &amp Wellington 101). Here,I will seek the use of the grounded theory to develop a theory basedon the findings of this thematic approach. Secondly, in the empiricalapproach, I will use data (qualitative and quantitative) to makeinferences. These will include:

  1. The literature styles employed by the writers.

  2. The count and categories of literary works performed by the writers.

  3. Their early lives and general life of people in light of their writings.

  4. The awards they got from their field of literature.

Thirdly,in theoretical approach, I will seek the use of scholarly and desktopresearch to learn what other researchers have found out and use it torelate to my themes. Here, I will focus on:

  1. How the mainstream media has/can be used to enrich a writer in lusophone literature.

  2. The existing biographies of my writers.

  3. Nature of their literary work

  4. The critics, criticism and credit they received out of their literary work.

Lastly,the research will utilize the artistic chronotopos theory by MikhailBaktin. According to Bemong et al (15), “Bakhtin’s basicassumption is the idea that narrative texts are not only composed ofa sequence of diegetic events and speech acts, but also – andperhaps even primarily – of the construction of a particularfictional world or chronotope”. He manifests that creation offictional time and space, or fictional world (as evident inliterature), is the fundamental composition of narratives. Hence, inthis research, the theory will help us to underscore the literaryworks done by our writers, and relate them with the kind of worldthey lived in.

Buildinga Panorama for the authors literary lives

Thisresearch will after engaging a remarkable review of their publishedbooks, pinpoint the striking contributions they have brought not onlyin Portugal, Brazil and USA, but also in wider extents. Notably,Reichil (432) shows that the paradigm of ballad studies [of EdsonMoreira] is common to several traditions of stanzaic narrative songin Europe. Additionally, other lusophone unpopular writers have madeimpact in today’s literature. “Scholars have publishedextensively on the work of Josésaramago and Fernado Pessoa”. (Parkinson x). Therefore, their workcan be proved to have gone beyond the geographical boundaries ofBrazil, Portugal or even USA.

Introductionof Research work in mainstream media

Themedia has been a great tool through which writers have availed theirwork to the vast world. (Claude 20). Consequently, this research willalso try to find out whether seeking for a means to publish the oldlusophone literary work will realize fruits in crediting their work.In their days for example, they used media in different ways in lightof literary work. In Brazil, “The actor Rosaly Papadopol developedand acted in HildaHilst—o espírito da coisa(Xiaoming1) “anotherfascinating work of 2010 was a made-for-television movie”, he adds.This shows that by the virtue of acting their books, their time spanof popularity would be lengthened. Xiaoming (1) in addition mentionsthe work of Clarice Lispector [1920-77] being leading in the MancheteMagazine. Moreover, he doesn’t leave behind the awarding of yearlybest writers in Camoézprice and even JoséSaramago who was a Nobel Prize winner!


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