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"Thrillingly Original": The Life and Works of Machado de Assis

The son of a freed slave, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis grew up to become Brazil’s most famous novelist and one of the most brilliant authors of his era worldwide. Indeed, his works seem so contemporary in style and content that it is a shock to realize that he flourished in the late 19th century, around the time of Brazil’s transition from a monarchy to a republic. Machado de Assis’s writings, which give us a portal into Brazilian life and culture, exemplify both the culmination of realism and the nascent stirrings of modernism. They are comic in their mode but philosophical in their implication, and have continuing relevance in the 21st century. We will read Machado de Assis’s three major novels and examine how he succeeded in being, in the words of Susan Sontag, “thrillingly original.”

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge of the life and major works of Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • Insight into 19th-century Brazilian literature and culture

Ideal for

  • Anyone with an interest in 19th-century literature
  • Those wishing to learn more about the literary and cultural history of Brazil
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    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2021
    • Date

      Jun 8 - Jun 29
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Birns, Nicholas
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $349