Victims or villains? Open verdicts in <i>Crime na Calle Relator</i>

Sara Brandellero

in On a Knife-Edge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589524
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595462 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Modern Languages and Literature Monographs

Victims or villains? Open verdicts in Crime na Calle Relator

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This chapter studies João Cabral's collection Crime na Calle Relator (1987), giving particular attention to the poet's treatment of crime narratives and his use of anecdotal material. It gives particular consideration to how the collection deals with questions of culpability through a consistent disruption of rigid categorizations, particularly significant in the light of the political climate of post-dictatorial Brazil in which Cabral was writing. Borrowing critical approaches proposed by New Historicism theory, the chapter goes on to discuss Cabral's incursions into Brazilian history and the manner in which, through anecdotal narratives, official historical accounts are debunked, reflecting the poet's unwavering postcolonial perspective.

Keywords: rigid categorizations; Crime na Calle Relator; culpability; crime narratives; anecdotal narratives; New Historicism; historical accounts

Chapter.  15806 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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