Symposium: September 26-27, 2011
Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119
10 First Street, SE
A Volta Do Cangaceiro Lampião — via Internet (The Bandit Lampião Returns — by Internet) by Marcelo Soares. Timbaúba, Pernambuco: Folhetaria Cordel, 2005. Woodcut by the author. Literatura de Cordel Brazilian Chapbook Collection (AFC 1970/002: M 07702) American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is sponsoring a free, two-day symposium entitled Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature. Presentations will focus on the history of literatura de cordel, a form of popular literature from northeastern Brazil, as well as accompanying traditions. These include the composition of poems, lyrics, and stories; the creation of woodblock images; and performances inspired by literatura de cordel. Co-sponsors for the event are the Hispanic Division and the Rio de Janeiro Office of the Library of Congress, as well as the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC. Additional support and assistance is provided by the Library's Poetry and Literature Office.
"Literatura de Cordel: Continuity and Change in Brazilian Popular Literature," will draw attention to the American Folklife Center's collections of literatura de cordel, which are among the most extensive in the world. The symposium will also explore the artistry, narrative, and iconography of cordel in order to examine the tradition during the recent past, and to encourage research on these compelling collections. Noted scholars of cordel will be featured, as will the artistry of cordel poets, singers, and woodcut artists. The symposium is timed to coincide with this year's Organization of American States' Inter-American Year of Culture.
The free two-day public symposium will take place on Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27, 2011 in Room 119 on the first floor of the Library's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 1st Street S.E., Washington D.C. Attendance at the symposium is free of charge, but registration is required