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Literatura de Cordel:
Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature

Symposium: September 26-27, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119
10 First Street, SE
Washington, DC

Webcasts of presentations are available via the Program page

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Cover: A Volta Do Cangaceiro Lampião — via Internet
A Volta Do Cangaceiro Lampião — via Internet (The Bandit Lampião Returns by Internet) by Marcelo Soares. Timbaúba, Pernambuco: Folhetaria Cordel, 2005. Woodcut by the author. Literatura de Cordel Brazilian Chapbook Collection (AFC 1970/002: M 07702) American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
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The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress sponsored a free, two-day symposium entitled Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature. Presentations focused on the history of literatura de cordel, a form of popular literature from northeastern Brazil, as well as accompanying traditions. These include the composition of poems, lyrics, and stories; the creation of woodblock images; and performances inspired by literatura de cordel. Co-sponsors for the event were the Hispanic Division and the Rio de Janeiro Office of the Library of Congress, as well as the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC. Additional support and assistance was provided by the Library's Poetry and Literature Office.

"Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature," drew attention to the American Folklife Center's collections of literatura de cordel, which are among the most extensive in the world. The symposium also explored the artistry, narrative, and iconography of cordel in order to examine the tradition during the recent past, and to encourage research on these compelling collections. Noted scholars of cordel were featured, as was the artistry of cordel poets, singers, and woodcut artists. The symposium was timed to coincide with this year's Organization of American States' Inter-American Year of Culture.

Webcasts of presentations will be linked to this site and photographs of the events will be added when these materials become available.

 

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