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Title: Eça de Queirós as telenovela : class, gender, and melodrama in Brazilian audiovisual adaptations of Portuguese nineteenth-century literature
Author: Murta, Guilherme Perdigao
ISNI:       0000 0004 8503 0902
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis examines the ways in which Brazilian film and television appropriate works of Portuguese literature. Using the oeuvre of nineteenth-century Portuguese author Eça de Queirós, this research analyses the mismatches between the novels O Primo Basílio (1878), Os Maias (1888) and Alves & Cia (1925) and their audiovisual adaptations produced in Brazil (two films, Amor & Cia [1998] and O Primo Basílio [2007], and two miniseries, O Primo Basílio [1988] and Os Maias [2000]). My assessment of the Brazilian adaptations is built on the understanding that their narratives are heavily informed by the country's telenovela tradition, which impacts the ways in which characters and contexts are presented, depoliticising the material on which they are based. I use comparative close readings in order to identify key mismatches between literary and audiovisual texts, demonstrating how subtle, seemingly unremarkable changes operated by the directors of the adaptations in fact promote discourses that are at odds with those found in Eça's texts. I argue that through appealing to melodrama, sensuality, cordiality and humour the films and series neutralise or dilute the socio-political satire that underpins the Portuguese writer's work, resulting in films and miniseries that support the very rhetoric the novels sought to challenge. This thesis furthermore sheds light on the complex mechanisms at play in transnational adaptations, exposing the pervasive power of the telenovela mode of storytelling to undermine subversion while at the same time artfully promoting conservative values and outdated morals.
Supervisor: Williams, Claire Sponsor: Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages ; Oxford
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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