Making Space in Brasília: Cultural Texts from 2009 to 2014

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In learning about Brasília, we learn about the power of place, not as deriving from some static, unchanging location, but from the dynamic negotiations that unfold there. Drawing on theory related to social space and cultural geography, particularly that of Henri Lefebvre and Doreen Massey, this study analyzes cultural texts concerned with the negotiations that imbue the city with meaning. Five of Brasília’s contemporary cultural texts (from 2009 to 2014) shed light on the spatial negotiations that continuously transform the city and shape the subjectivities of its residents: Nicolas Behr’s creative guidebook BrasíliA–Z: cidade palavra, Ellen Oléria’s song “Senzala (a feira da Ceilândia),” Viela 17’s song “20 de 40,” Sexy Fi’s album Nunca te vi de boa, and Augusto Rodrigues’s poetry collection Do livro de carne (brasílias invisíveis).
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55
Number of pages7
JournalEllipsis: The Official Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association
StatePublished - 2015


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