The Question of Mimesis in Brazilian Colonial Literature

Authors

  • Thiago Saltarelli Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/abriu2012.1.106

Keywords:

mimesis, rhetoric, Brazilian literature, Baroque, Enlightenment

Abstract

This paper aims to investigate how mimesis rules Brazilian colonial literary production, considering a tension between its understanding as an imitation of nature or human actions and as an emulation of canonical authors and rhetorical topics. We propose that the crossing of those two understandings causes a transformation of the classical topics, without thereby considering colonial literature as original or detached from European literary series.