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Essay and Brazil’s interpretation by verde-amarelo modernism (1926-1929)

Abstract

The article analyzes authors of the group Verde-amarelo/Anta, a trend of paulista modernism. Cassiano Ricardo, Menotti Del Picchia, Plínio Salgado published articles on the newspaper Correio Paulistano between 1926 and 1929. I argue they understood Brazil and Brazilian people through the Brazilian and Latin American tradition of nation essays, as Alberto Torres and José Vasconcelos. Those essays were a part of the historical and sociological culture of the early twenty century. Then I conclude that the authors had a more complex relationship with scientific discourse than the historiography of the modernism admit, beyond the aesthetic intuition and an anti-scientific discourse.

Keywords:
Modernism; Interpretations of Brazil; Essay; Verde-amarelo/Anta movement; Races relations; José Vasconcelos

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