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Bitita’s diary: the essayistic autobiography of Carolina Maria de Jesus

Deise Quintiliano Pereira About the author


Published posthumously, Bitita’s diary comprises the collection of Carolina Maria de Jesus’ memoirs. The present study aims to analyze the autobiographical writings based on the author’s childhood recollections through the lenses of their essay-like aspect. Our proposal is to demonstrate the way through which the narrative establishes Bitita as an unlikely spokeswoman for Carolina, stemming particularly from the allegorical and parabolic utterances voiced by the girl against the Brazilian society which humiliates and oppresses her.

Carolina Maria de Jesus; Bitita’s Diary; autobiography; essay

Grupo de Estudos em Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Literatura da Universidade de Brasília (UnB) Programa de Pós-Graduação em Literatura, Departamento de Teoria Literária e Literaturas, Universidade de Brasília , ICC Sul, Ala B, Sobreloja, sala B1-8, Campus Universitário Darcy Ribeiro , CEP 70910-900 – Brasília/DF – Brasil, Tel.: 55 61 3107-7213 - Brasília - DF - Brazil