Brazil’s Folk –Popular Poetry. “A Literatura de Cordel”
A Bilingual Anthology in English-Portuguese.
Mark J. Curran | Trafford Publishing Co. 2010
This anthology of the "cordel" story-poems is intended primarily for an English speaking audience. The author knows of no other such endeavor. It introduces the "cordel" to this new public in an informative introduction. The anthology itself has as its inspiration Curran’s much larger "Portrait of Brazil in Cordel" [Retrato do Brasil em Cordel] published in 2011 by Ateliê Publishing House in São Paulo, Brazil. It thus envisions the "cordel" as a folk-popular Brazilian Epic, and provides a sampling of "cordel" in its ten story-poems.
"Debate of the Protestant Preacher with Master Vulture."
[Religion in Brazil]
[Manifestations of Religion]
"The Girl Who Beat Up her Mother and Was Turned into a Dog"
[The Moral "Example"]
"Story of Mariquinha and José de Sousa Leão"
[The heroic from the European Model]
" Sufferings of the Northeasterner Traveling to the South"
[Drought and migration from the Northeast]
"Poetic Duel between Patrick and Ignatius from Catingueira"
[The poetic duel in "cordel"]
"The Encounter of Tancredo with St.Peter in Heaven"
[Brazilian politics and economics in its history]
"The End of the War and the Death of Hitler and Mussolini"
[International politics and current events]
"Debate Between Lampião and an American Tourist"
[Social questions at the end of the 20th century]
"Trip to St. Saruê"
[The Brazilian cordelian utopian dream]