Paulistas' cultural experiences of Portuguese - Brazilian enlightenment

The main purpose of this article is to retrieve the paulistas' experiences of Portuguese - Brazilian enlightenment in its erudite cultural aspects, ranging from the traditional religiosity to secularism. Among musical, architectural and visual arts achievements as well as literary and historical productions, it seeks to assess the significance of enlightenment in an area of Portuguese America up to now not enough studied in its cultural dimension.

Innovation; Tradition; Secularism; Centralization

Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho Faculdade de Ciências e Letras, UNESP, Campus de Assis, 19 806-900 - Assis - São Paulo - Brasil, Tel: (55 18) 3302-5861, Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais, UNESP, Campus de Franca, 14409-160 - Franca - São Paulo - Brasil, Tel: (55 16) 3706-8700 - Assis/Franca - SP - Brazil