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On a Knife-EdgeThe Poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto$
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Sara Brandellero

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589524.001.0001

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Victims or villains? Open verdicts in Crime na Calle Relator

Victims or villains? Open verdicts in Crime na Calle Relator

(p.124) 4 Victims or villains? Open verdicts in Crime na Calle Relator
On a Knife-Edge

Sara Brandellero

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies João Cabral's collection Crime na Calle Relator (1987), giving particular attention to the poet's treatment of crime narratives and his use of anecdotal material. It gives particular consideration to how the collection deals with questions of culpability through a consistent disruption of rigid categorizations, particularly significant in the light of the political climate of post-dictatorial Brazil in which Cabral was writing. Borrowing critical approaches proposed by New Historicism theory, the chapter goes on to discuss Cabral's incursions into Brazilian history and the manner in which, through anecdotal narratives, official historical accounts are debunked, reflecting the poet's unwavering postcolonial perspective.

Keywords:   rigid categorizations, Crime na Calle Relator, culpability, crime narratives, anecdotal narratives, New Historicism, historical accounts

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