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Beyond the grave (or the author’s death and the machadiana ruse in Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas)

Author(s): Dirceu Magri

Journal: Via Litterae
ISSN 2176-6800

Volume: 3;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 161;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Authors’ death | Reader | Machado de Assis | Memórias póstumas de Brás Cubas | Intertextuality

The main topic of this paper is to reflect on some of the proposals discussed by criticism in dealing with the author’s death closely with Memórias póstumas - Machado's work of recognized importance. Thus, from Meyer’s reading to denude the underground man in Machado de Assis under the Cubas’ mask, in an attempt to show the author's ulterior subterfuge - which undoubtedly takes us to the model of criticism that was made at the time of Gustave Lanson and Sainte-Beuve, when it were produced the famous theses X, l'homme et l'oeuvre, - it comes to the formulation of Barthes and Foucault, influenced by the notion of disappearance of the I professed by Mallarmé and Blanchot.
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