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A Brief History of Literatura de Cordel Doe Library Exhibition, University of California, Berkeley

Stories on a string : the Brazilian Literatura de Cordel / Candace Slater

Chapbooks, Brazilian -- History and criticism. The Brazilian stories-in-verse called folhetos or literarura de cordel are today's richest heirs to a centuries-old ballad tradition that once embraced most of Europe. For almost a century they have been the principal literature of the loser classes in the Brazilian Northeast, read or sung aloud in marketplaces and printed and illustrated by the poets themselves. In today's Brazil, intellectuals, artists, and an ample middle-class public look to popular art forms such as the cordel as a precious national heritage and an indicator of this century's profound social and economic changes.
25 August 2017