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Cordel Literature: new perspectives, new approaches

Littérature de cordel : nouveaux regards, nouvelles approches

Literatura de cordel: novos olhares, novas abordagens

Literatura de cordel: nuevas miradas, nuevos abordajes

Jangada Journal #20

Revue Jangada, numéro 20

Revista Jangada, Nr. 20

Revista Jangada, número 20

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Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Abstract

Due to its thematic, poetic, and expressive diversity, the cordel witnessed, narrated, and recorded several national history moments. Even though only men mastered the art of composing and singing in verse initially, little by little, women also took the stage. Nowadays, poets adjust national and international interest themes to their meter, rhyme, and clause. They denounce the system’s falsities and contradictions; they question decisions and mock hypocrisy without, however, losing that aura of playfulness and wonder that has consecrated the cordel among us. Originally handwritten and later in printed versions, cordel has maintained a strong connection with the voice and culture of fairs and squares, the fey and laughter of rogue heroes, and the feeling of indignation of the less favored and the exaltation of legendary braves since the end of the 19th century. More recent researchers drew attention to the relationship between cordel and its singers’ orality and body performance while singing poetry and African griots. In this thematic issue, we propose to host papers concerning the most varied studies on cordel literature and its cultural practices.

Announcement

Argument

The first flyers appeared in Europe around the 16th century and could soon be found all over the Iberian Peninsula. They contributed enormously to spread fantastic news about the New World that seduced Europeans, who raised voices and sails searching for the much-vaunted Cocanha from the 13th-century French fabliaux. These adventurers brought in their luggage stories of fairies, princes, kings, and queens; of valiants and paladins; of chaste and constant women; of shrewd heroes and extraordinary beings who would soon adapt to the heat of the tropics and the lyre of our most renowned poets and singers.  These characters helped populate dreams and sharpen the cunning of those who needed to get around socio-environmental misfortune and hatred in the new land. Since then, cordel has nearly succumbed to media’s massive diffusion but has bravely resisted it by proposing more universal themes of greater interest to most of the Brazilian population.

Due to its thematic, poetic, and expressive diversity, the cordel witnessed, narrated, and recorded several national history moments. Even though only men mastered the art of composing and singing in verse initially, little by little, women also took the stage. Today they sing their demands in the manner of the traditional sextiles and the repente.

Nowadays, poets adjust national and international interest themes to their meter, rhyme, and clause. They denounce the system’s falsities and contradictions; they question decisions and mock hypocrisy without, however, losing that aura of playfulness and wonder that has consecrated the cordel among us. Originally handwritten and later in printed versions, cordel has maintained a strong connection with the voice and culture of fairs and squares, the fey and laughter of rogue heroes, and the feeling of indignation of the less favored and the exaltation of legendary braves since the end of the 19th century. Such a diverse nature of cordel literature allowed misguided definitions of this genre as literature of “alienation” and “evasion.”

Through the work of Roger Chartier (2014) and many other researchers, cordel literature then began to be seen in its production, materiality, and circulation settings, based on the relationship between cordel texts and their readers’ and listeners’ daily lives. By his turn, Paul Zumthor (1991) drew attention to the relationship between cordel and its singers’ orality and body performance while singing poetry and African griots. More recent researchers propose readings of popular pamphlets in the light of new epistemological approaches and cultural practices.

Because of its characteristic resilience and capacity for survival, updating, and resignifying, on September 19th, 2018, the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan) recognized the Brazilian cordel as Brazilian Intangible Cultural Heritage. This fact only reinforces its cultural, literary, poetic, aesthetic, communicative, affective, creative, and social dimensions.

Submission guidelines

In this thematic issue, we propose to host papers concerning the most varied studies on cordel literature and its cultural practices. Thus, when submitting their contributions, authors should consider any of the following axes:

  • Cordel literature and orality;
  • Cordel literature and genre;
  • Cordel literature and reader training;
  • Cordel literature and History;
  • Cordel literature and Teaching;
  • Cordel literature and Ethnic-Racial Relations
  • Cordel literature and the Present Time
  • The study of cordel in the light of new epistemological approaches.

Only papers in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and English will be accepted.

The deadline for submissions is

October 30th, 2022.

Authors must use the Jangada Journal system at https://www.revistajangada.ufv.br/Jangada/index

Expected publication date: December 2022

All papers must follow the journal guidelines of page formatting and extension available at the site https://www.revistajangada.ufv.br/Jangada/about/submissions

Should you have any questions, please e-mail us at revistajangada@ufv.br

Scientific Coordination

  • Geovanni Gomes Cabral - Unifesspa
  • Francisco Cláudio Alves Marques - FCL/Unesp-Assis
  • Carla Kühlewein - Unespar

Date(s)

  • Sunday, October 30, 2022

Keywords

  • littérature de cordel

Contact(s)

  • Magri Dirceu
    courriel : magridirceu [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Dirceu Magri
    courriel : magridirceu [at] gmail [dot] com

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Cordel Literature: new perspectives, new approaches », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/190o

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