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Presentificação e efeito de empenhamento
Margarida L. Losa
AbstractThis paper associates the narrative technique of «presentification», i.e., the curtailing of temporal distance between the time assigned to the story and the time assigned to its narration (a technique one tends to associate with modernist experimentalism), with the search for an effect of commitment such as authors of the new social realist movement intended to generate in their readers. Authors like Ignazio Silone, Jorge Amado, António Alves Redol and, in a different key, Graciliano Ramos, seem to bring fiction so close to extra-fictional reality that it is as if they wished to lead their readers to intervene in that reality themselves. In this way we have a kind of narrative fiction that mixes a documentalism often similar to journalistic reportage with a lyric propensity to voice emotions of people who are (re)presented as being still alive, living close to us and in need of our solidarity.
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