Entre a melancolia e a exaltação: povo e nação na obra de Plínio Salgado

Eliana Regina de Freitas Dutra About the author

The article has the aim to show the way in which Plínio Salgado portrays Brazil and its people. He tracks the unique cultural roots of Brazilian very own self, therefore contrasting them with the European reality and, by doing so, he defines a concept of Nation. Our presupposition is that the referential frame which shapes Salgado's thinking about People/Nation, is the same used in the Romanticism. The concepts of People/Nation, elaborated in affinity with such referential, must be understood as a constitutive part of the nationalist ideology of "Integralismo" in the author's perspective. We are interested in highlighting the fact that the political formulations of Plínio Salgado were elaborated in a moment of Brazilian history, in which the definition of a national identity and character, were considered essential prerequisites for the choice of role models and for establishing patterns of political sociability. Thus the importance to highlight the aspects of his thoughts which have points in common with the work from other authors of the time.

Plínio Salgado; People; Romanticism

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