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Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea

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JUSTINO, Luciano Barbosa. The hour of the star: for a Northeastern reading. Estud. Lit. Bras. Contemp. [online]. 2017, n.51, pp.64-82. ISSN 2316-4018.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/2316-4018514.

My objective in this article is to think about The hour of the star by Clarice Lispector in light of what I denominate two ethics. The first references the written word and literary production. The second touches upon the inexorable encounter with the other. Both ethics are guided by an intercultural perspective. In the first ethic, I intend to discuss the novel’s relations with the Brazilian context of the 1970’s and how Clarice Lispector responds to the demand of “engagement” by questioning and re-inscribing literature and its autonomy within an emphatic context. In the second ethic, I intend to demonstrate how the first constitutes itself in relation to the agonizing encounter with Macabéa’s otherness and her northeastern mode of expression.

Keywords : contemporary Brazilian literature; writing ethics; otherness; interculturalism; Clarice Lispector.

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