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.
MACHADO DE ASSIS
AUSTEN: female condition, celibacy, class prejudice.
ASSIS: poverty, illness,
Austen and Assis reject labels.
Jane Austen: 22.900.000
William Shakespeare: 51.200.000
Machado de Assis: 3.010.000
Gustave Flaubert: 2.920.000
“The art and passion of reading well and deeply is waning, but [Jane] Austen still inspires people to become fanatical readers. ”
“I consider Machado the greatest genius of Brazilian literature in the XIX century.”.
“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)
I know that you, Sir, would prefer a delicate lie; but I know nothing more delicate than the truth.
(Fluminense short stories)
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS information, and uncertain temper”
CAPITU information, and uncertain temper”
Machado de Assis and Jane Austen´s works continue to inspire movies, TV series, plays, comics, cartoons, fanfics and mashups.
“ 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...”.
- 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!
“ 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...”.
“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...”
“ 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”
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