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On a Knife-Edge: The Poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto

Sara Brandellero


This book studies the work of João Cabral de Melo Neto (1920-99), one of Brazil's foremost poets of the 20th century and a unique voice within Brazilian Modernism. It concentrates on the poet's later works, from A escola das facas (1980) to Andando Sevilha (1990), with the aim to provide an overview of a body of work which has so far attracted limited critical attention. In so doing, it also proposes a review of traditional readings of Cabral as a poet of clarity and precision, in order to demonstrate how ambiguity in language, imagery, and even structure was an integral part of his writing an ... More

Keywords: Cabral, Brazilian Modernism, postcolonialism, Silviano Santiago, poetic tradition, gender, haunting, Seville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199589524
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589524.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Brandellero, author
Lecturer in Portuguese, University of Leeds