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Author(s): Prof. Ms. Maria Teresa Hellmeister Fornaciari

Journal: Lumen et Virtus
ISSN 2177-2789

Volume: II;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 79;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: allegory | iconoclasm | anthropophagy | folklore | Brazilian identity

According to an unpublished preface, Mário de Andrade himself said that Macunaíma is an anthology of Brazilian folklore. This text aims to analyse some aspects of this folklore throughout the pages of the work seen as one of the major pillars of Brazilian literature. In addition, the fiction not only mirrors what the Brazilian man was, what he is and what he will be (?) but focalizes the Brazilian writer, his deep and indispensable roots so that he can be born and flourish with resourcefulness and talent as well. This text also aims to highlight the importance on using these genuine values on art compositions as it was accomplished in the remarkable text of Mário de Andrade.
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