<b>Transatlantic Sertões: The Backlands of Ruy Duarte de Carvalho and Mia Couto</b> // Los sertões transatlánticos: Los transpaíses de Ruy Duarte de Carvalho y Mía Couto

  • Victoria Troianowski Saramago University of Chicago
Keywords: Sertão, lusophone studies, ecocriticism, postcolonial studies // Sertão, estudios lusófonos, ecocrítica, estudios poscoloniales


      This article develops a transatlantic approach to the colonial and postcolonial uses of the term sertão [backlands] in Angola, Brazil, and Mozambique through the works of Mia Couto and Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, especially in their readings of João Guimarães Rosa. By focusing on their fictional and essayistic work, I analyze how they explore social and environmental dimensions of different sertões in order to negotiate the multiplicity of meanings the term has acquired in both continents.


      Este artículo toma un acercamiento transatlántico a los usos coloniales y poscoloniales del término "sertão" (lugar desierto) en Angola, Brasil y Mozambique por medio del análisis de las obras de Mia Couto y Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, particularmente en cuanto a sus lecturas de João Guimarães Rosa. Al abordar sus ensayos y ficción, analizo cómo exploran las dimensiones sociales y ambientales de distintos sertões para negociar la multiplicidad de significados que el término ha adquirido en ambos continentes.


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Author Biography

Victoria Troianowski Saramago, University of Chicago
Victoria Saramago is an assistant professor at the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. She is the author of O duplo do pai: o filho e a ficção de Cristovão Tezza (É Realizações, 2013), and a number of articles and essays published in Brazil, Mexico, and the United States. She is currently working on a book-length project on mimesis and environment in mid-20th-century Latin American fiction.
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