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Oswald de Andrade

Brazilian poet, writer

1890   -   1954

country of citizenship: Brazil
educated at: University of São Paulo
occupation: poet, playwright, writer, journalist, novelist, non-fiction writer, pamphleteer
award received: Prêmio Jabuti

José Oswald de Souza Andrade (January 11, 1890 – October 22, 1954) was a Brazilian poet and polemicist. He was born and spent most of his life in São Paulo. Andrade was one of the founders of Brazilian modernism and a member of the Group of Five, along with Mário de Andrade, Anita Malfatti, Tarsila do Amaral and Menotti del Picchia. He participated in the Week of Modern Art (Semana de Arte Moderna). Andrade is very important too for his manifesto of critical Brazilian nationalism, Manifesto Antropófago (Cannibal Manifesto), published in 1928. Its argument is that Brazil's history of "cannibalizing" other cultures is its greatest strength, while playing on the modernists' primitivist interest in cannibalism as an alleged tribal rite. Cannibalism becomes a way for Brazil to assert itself against European postcolonial cultural domination. The Manifesto's iconic line is "Tupi or not Tupi: that is the question." The line is simultaneously a celebration of the Tupi, who had been at times accused of cannibalism (most notoriously by Hans Staden), and an instance of cannibalism: it eats Shakespeare. On the other hand, some critics argue that Antropofagia, as a movement, was too heterogeneous to extract overarching arguments from it and that often it had little to do with a post-colonial cultural politics (Jauregui 2018, 2012)
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works

10

A Arcádia e a Inconfidência

novel by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

1945

A Marcha das Utopias

novel by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

1953

Alma

novel by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

Estrela de absinto

novel by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

1927

Manifesto Pau-Brasil

novel by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

1924

Meu Testamento

novel by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

1944

Serafim Ponte Grande

book by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

1933

O Rei da Vela

play written by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

O Santeiro do Mangue

poem written by Oswald de Andrade

author: Oswald de Andrade

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