Novos Estudos - CEBRAP
Print version ISSN 0101-3300
SCHWARZ, Roberto. Leituras em competição. Novos estud. - CEBRAP [online]. 2006, n.75, pp. 61-79. ISSN 0101-3300. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0101-33002006000200005.
The article traces the reception of Machado de Assis work in Brazil and abroad. It puts into question the current notion of "universality", focusing on the aesthetical elements of the local particularities present on Machados narrative form. Taking the short text "O punhal de Martinha" as a guideline, it demonstrates the complex and tense dialectics between local and universal suggested in his work.
Keywords : Machado de Assis; Brazilian literature; literature and society.