São Paulo: Editora Ateliê. 2010.
This book is Curran's most recent as an active professor and researcher of "cordel" at Arizona State University. It represents an entire career of reporting on and writing of "cordel." Curran sees it as a cumulative effort of his 45 years of travel, study and writing about "cordel" and as "paying a debt" to the poets, publishers, and public of Brazil as well as to mentors and friends from a career lasting from 1966 to the present. In short, it is a continuation of his "namoro" or love-affair with the country and its people. Curran is retelling the "story" of "cordel." Since he believes "cordel" is indeed a folk-popular epic of Brazil, the book takes the form of ten chapters. Each is lengthy and Curran counsels patience, reading one at a time, but insisting on arriving at the book's end which really is only the beginning.
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