Marília Librandi's Aural Theory of the Novel

April 3, 2019

On Tuesday, March 26th, the Brazil LAB hosted a book forum with Marília Librandi, Visiting Professor of Princeton's Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Librandi's recently-finished book, Writing by Eardraws from the oeuvre of the wondrous Clarice Lispector, one of Brazil’s most prominent writers, to creatively articulate the relationship between orality and writing.

In discussion with Michael Wood, Professor Emeritus of English, and Pedro Meira Monteiro, Brazil LAB Co-Director, Librandi presented her aural theory of the novel based on readings of Lispector's Near to the Wild Heart (1943), The Besieged City (1949), The Passion According to G.H. (1964), Água Viva (1973), The Hour of the Star (1977), and A Breath of Life (1978). Librandi explored the relationship between Lispector's works and Brazil’s oral and aural culture, and the relationship between listening-in-writing with silence, echoes, and the world’s sounds. 

The book forum Writing by Ear ended with a wonderful guitar performance by Marcelo Noah (PhD Candidate at Duke University). Noah played "Preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos".

The event was co-sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Anthropology.

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