Faculty Collaborative Research Projects
MACHADO DE ASSIS DIGITAL MANUSCRIPT PROJECT
The aim of the present collaborative project between professors Ana Cláudia Suriani da Silva and Élide Valarini Oliver is to produce the first Digital Documentary Edition (DDE) of the original manuscripts of Esaú e Jacó [ Esau and Jacob] (1904) and Memorial de Aires [Ayres’ Memorial] (1908) by Machado de Assis (1839-1908). These are the two only remaining manuscripts of Machado ‘s novels and by transferring them on to a digital platform, the researchers aim to identify the most recurrent types of writing operation and text stages, as well as investigate what they can tell us about the construction of a narrative voice, and the author’s late writing activity, since the two novels were written shortly before his death. The editorial practices of the early 20 th Century – most specifically those of Garnier editions – found in the editorial manuscripts, will also be evaluated. The project also aims to investigate to what extent the manuscripts lend themselves to a genetic documentation typological analysis (as developed by De Biasi (2007) and how they can best be digitally modeled and represented. Our hypothesis is that the two manuscripts – which share the same fictional author, editor and main character – also form a single literary writing project. Only through the production of the DDEs of the two manuscripts, it will be possible to reconstruct the genetic relationship between them.
Fotografia: Marco Santos
Universidade de São Paulo
Hélio de Seixas Guimarães is an Associate Professor at Universidade de São Paulo (USP), researcher fellow of Productivity in Research for the CNPq (National Council for Research), editor with Marta de Senna of Machado de Assis em linha – revista eletrônica de estudos machadianos (Qualis A1). Master and Ph.D. in Literary History and Theory at Unicamp, he is the author of Machado de Assis, o escritor que nos lê – as figuras machadianas através da crítica e das polêmicas, Os leitores e Machado de Assis – o romance machadiano e o público de literatura no século 19, A olhos vistos – uma iconografia de Machado de Assis e Machado de Assis, fotógrafo do invisível, and organized other books on 19th Century Brazilian literature. He has been publishing and contributing to many academic journals and was a Visiting Professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2012.
Digital Humanities Research Assistant
Patrícia Lino is a lecturer at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 2018 at the University of California with the doctoral dissertation Concentric Strike. Inter-semiotic and Interdisciplinary Relations in Brazilian Poetry of the 20th Century. Lino was invited to present multiple studies on Brazilian contemporary literature and visual arts in Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and Colombia. In 2017, she published Antilógica, about the poetic works of Augusto de Campos. Her upcoming book, Manoel de Barros e A Poesia Cínica, will be published in Brazil in 2019.
This project is being founded by a grant from the Academic Senate at UCSB.
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