Alice no país das rachaduras: Consumo em Quarenta dias de Maria Valéria Rezende

Translated title of the contribution: Alice in the land of disruption: Consumption in Maria Valéria Rezende's Quarenta dias

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Abstract

This article focuses on the representation of consumption in Maria Valéria Rezende's novel Quarenta dias (2014). Departing from Zygmunt Bauman's perspective on the collateral damages of consumer capitalism in Consuming Life (2007) and from Silviano Santiago's considerations about poverty in “O cosmopolitismo do pobre” (2004), I argue that Rezende provides a critique to the invisibility of low-income (or no-income) consumers in consumer society. I demonstrate that, through the path that the protagonist of Quarenta dias follows between her daughter's consumerist world and the survival experience of those that she encounters in the streets of Porto Alegre while wandering through the city, Rezende makes visible certain segments of Brazilian society, such as Northeastern migrants and homeless people. While on this path, the protagonist both rejects and values consumption, depending on its intensity and the reach of its social consequences.

Translated title of the contributionAlice in the land of disruption: Consumption in Maria Valéria Rezende's Quarenta dias
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)117-134
Number of pages18
JournalLuso-Brazilian Review
Volume57
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory

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