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Austen and Assis: similarities. Janaína Pietroluongo BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY 26 September 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ [email protected] BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. JANE AUSTEN (England,1775-1817) MACHADO DE ASSIS (Brazil, 1839-1908). 1. GENIUS. Ability to criticise oneself.

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Austen and Assis: similarities

Janaína Pietroluongo

BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SOCIETY

26 September 2013 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

[email protected]


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

JANE AUSTEN

(England,1775-1817)

MACHADO DE ASSIS

(Brazil, 1839-1908)


1. GENIUS

  • Ability to criticise oneself.

  • Highly developed sense of humour.

  • Imagination and creativity.


2. ABILITY TO OVERCOME

AUSTEN: female condition, celibacy, class prejudice.

ASSIS: poverty, illness,

racial prejudice.


3. Both writers transcend literary schools.

Austen and Assis reject labels.


4. Influences

  • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

  • Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

  • Laurence Sterne (1713-1768)

  • Walter Scott (1771-1832)


5. Presence

Jane Austen: 22.900.000

William Shakespeare: 51.200.000

Machado de Assis: 3.010.000

Gustave Flaubert: 2.920.000


CRITICISM


“There may not be a novelist in English who surpasses Jane Austen”.

Harold Bloom


“The art and passion of reading well and deeply is waning, but [Jane] Austen still inspires people to become fanatical readers. ” 

Harold Bloom


“I consider Machado the greatest genius of Brazilian literature in the XIX century.”.

Harold Bloom


Quotes by Austen

“It´s a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”

(Pride and Prejudice)


“She was a woman of mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper”(Pride and Prejudice)


QUOTES BY ASSIS

I know that you, Sir, would prefer a delicate lie; but I know nothing more delicate than the truth.

(Fluminense short stories)


UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS


CAPITU


  • http://youtu.be/cWk5Dpsl88A


DARCY


  • http://youtu.be/nty0udepDG4


LIZZIE


EMMA


  • http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=41MHIJIg6u0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D41MHIJIg6u0


MACHADO DE ASSIS

  • Ressurrection (1872)

  • The Hand and the Glove(1874)

  • Helena (1876)

  • Iaiá Garcia (1878)


MACHADO DE ASSIS2nd PHASE

  • Epitaph of a small winner

  • Philosopher or Dog?

  • Dom Casmurro

  • Esau and Jacob

  • Counselor Aires´Memoirs


THEMES


FAMILY AND MARRIAGE


LOVE


CLASS SYSTEM


SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS


FRIENDSHIP


READING


WRITING


Spin-offs

Machado de Assis and Jane Austen´s works continue to inspire movies, TV series, plays, comics, cartoons, fanfics and mashups.


The hand and the glove

“ Mrs. Oswald had met the baroness in 1846...she was an intelligent and wise woman blessed with a good nature... Mrs. Oswald was the life and soul of the house...”.


The hand and the glove

- Why did you not call me?

- I must have been asleep, or lost in a Sir Walter Scott novel.

- Milton – the English tutor sternly corrected. This morning was dedicated to Milton. What a great poet, Dona Guiomar!


Iaiá Garcia

“ The remainder was solely Iaiá´s deed. Her work split into two parts – a voluntary one and an uncounscious one. Voluntary because, the girl, in the laborious silence of her mind had created the idea of matching the two of them...”.


Emma

“Mr. Elton was the very person fixed on by Emma for driving the young farmer out of Harriet´s head. She thought it would be an excellent match...”


Ressurrection

“ My idea when writing this book was to put into action that famous thought by Shakespeare:

Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good

we oft might win,

By fearing to attempt”


REFERENCES

  • The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Penguin.

  • Tomalin, Claire. Jane Austen, A Life.

  • Grinberg, Keila. Para Conhecer Machado de Assis.

  • Stein, Ingrid. Figuras Femininas em Machado de Assis.

  • Literary Allusions in Jane Austen http://www.pemberley.com/janeinfo/litallus.html

  • Citações e Alusões na Ficção de Machado de Assis:

    http://www.machadodeassis.net/dtb_index.asp

    7. Mensa Brasil: http://www.mensa.com.br


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