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Centre of Latin American Studies

Viviane Carvalho da Annunciação

Viviane Carvalho da Annunciação


Misplaced Ideas: the Contradiction of Science in Machado de Assis

My project will historicize and analyse the scientific discourse in the novels and short stories of the Brazilian writer Machado de Assis. My hypothesis is that the self-professed liberal and independent scientific discourse in Brazil in the nineteenth century is deconstructed by the writer in order to reveal its recondite social tensions, such as class struggle and gender and racial inequalities. My theoretical perspective will update Roberto Schwarz’s socio-historical reading of the writer, also applying Fredric Jameson’s formalist interpretation of the Realist novel and Michel Foucault’s theories of biopower. Such a socio-literary analysis can contribute to ongoing parallel scholarly enquiries into how the Portuguese Empire used medical discoveries to rule and control the general population.


I teach “Portuguese for Academic Purposes” at CULP and supervise students of Portuguese for the MML/ CLAS. Next academic year (2018/19), I am going to lecture classes on Machado de Assis and Mario de Andrade for PG1.

Main Publications

Conference papers 

“Quincas Borba and the Archeology of Madness” PILAS Conference – Liverpool, 4th & 5th of June, 2018