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Saudades do Brasil

David William Foster

in São Paulo

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036656
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038445 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036656.003.0006
Saudades do Brasil

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In 1934, a young French anthropologist, Claude Lévi-Strauss, set out from the French port of Marseilles to assume a position in sociology at the newly formed Universidade de São Paulo. He first arrived in São Paulo in 1935, but his anthropological work is best represented by Tristes tropiques (Sad Tropics), a work that went on to have a major place in the development of twentieth-century anthropology. As part of his field work in Brazil, Lévi-Strauss took many photographs with indigenous themes, which he considered important as notes for his subsequent interpretations, but unimportant as creative productions themselves. Many of these photographs are included in Saudades do Brasil (Nostalgia for Brasil), which has received considerable attention as part of Lévi-Strauss's fieldwork. However, while attention has been devoted exclusively to the anthropological material, Saudades do Brasil includes a number of the photographs Lévi-Strauss took of São Paulo during his brief residence there, photographs that are an important part of the record of changes that took place in the city in the latter half of the 1930s.

Keywords: Claude Lévi-Strauss; Saudades do Brasil; São Paulo; Tristes tropiques; photographs; anthropology; Brazil

Chapter.  4973 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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