The Master of the ‘Literatura de Cordel’ - Leandro Gomes de Barros. A Bilingual Anthology of Selected Works” is Professor Curran’s return to research and writing from his first days in Brazil in 1966-1967 on a Fulbright Hays Fellowship for Ph.D. dissertation work. This book treats “Cordel’s” best known and arguably best poet, a translation to English of his selected works, and a commentary on his pioneering days of the “Literatura de Cordel.” Among the poet’s topics were the changing times, foreigners in Brazil, government-politics-and war, mothers-in-law, sugar cane rum, religion and satire, banditry, the oral poetic duel, and the long narrative poems from the European popular tradition. Curran in addition gives a synopsis of the “Literatura de Cordel” as it was in its heyday in his initial research in the 1960s. The translation was a challenge but also a great pleasure.
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