Closer to the Wild Heart
Essays on Clarice Lispector

Edited by Cláudia Pazos Alonso and Claire Williams

Legenda (General Series)


1 October 2002  •  254pp

ISBN: 1-900755-62-9 (paperback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85


The Brazilian author Clarice Lispector (1920-77) is arguably Latin America's most celebrated woman writer. Yet her prose has remained tantalizingly elusive, resisting any facile appropriation and lending itself to being read in a variety of contexts. Lispector's enigmatic yet luminous writings warrant fresh, multidisciplinary readings. Here, twelve distinguished international scholars discuss the modernity pulsating throughout Lispector's work, examining not only her unconventional novels and famous short stories, but also her chronicles and children's books, in order to reassess her groundbreaking exploration of the fluid categories of gender and genre, and her hybrid textualizations of time, self and nation.

Cláudia Pazos Alonso is a Senior Research Fellow in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Wadham College, University of Oxford. She is the author of Imagens do eu na poesia de Florbela Espanca (Lisbon, 1997). CLAIRE WILLIAMS lectures in Portuguese Language, Literature, History and Culture at the University of Liverpool, where she is assistant editor of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies.


  • ‘Given the relative paucity of work in English on Clarice Lispector, Pazo's and William's collection of English-language writing on this author is welcome, not just for its mere presence, but especially for its attention to newer critical thinking on race, gender and nation. Most especially welcome is the turn indicated in this volume toward an examination of the several kind of writing in which Lispector engaged - letters, cronicas, semi-autobiography, fiction - a turn that indicates a more comprehensive way of thinking both about her fiction and about her life-work as a whole.’ — Tace Hedrick, Luso-Brazilian Review 41:1, 2004, 203-5
  • ‘From the start Clarice Lispector, despite the South American sun, lives in the clouds and in cloudiness. She was to the public a charismatic obscurity, a witch, a recluse, a mystery - the Brazilian sphinx.’ — Lorrie Moore, The New York Review of Books 26 September 2009, 2-3


Introduction: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Cláudia Pazos-Alonso
Mother, Body, Writing: the Origins and Identity of Literature in Clarice Lispector
Carlos Mendes de Sousa
Clarice Lispector by Clarice Lispector
Anna M. Klobucka
'Eu sou nome': Clarice Lispector's Dramatis Personae
Claire Williams
Lóri's Journey: The Quest for Identity in Uma aprendizagem ou o livro dos prazeres
Patricia Zecevic
Defamiliarization and Déjà Vu in Laços de família
Cláudia Pazos-Alonso
Feminism or the Ambiguities of the Feminine in Clarice Lispector
Luiza Lobo
'Fatos são pedras duras': Urban Poverty in Clarice Lispector
Marta Peixoto
The Black Maid as Ghost: Haunting in A paixão segundo G.H.
Lucia Villares
Clarice Lispector and the Question of the Nation
Paulo de Medeiros
The Early Dissemination of Clarice Lispector's Literary Works in the United States
Teresa Montero
Readers of Clarice, Who Are You?
Nádia Battella Gotlib
The Invention of a Non-Modern World
William Paulson

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Alonso, Cláudia Pazos, and Claire Williams (eds), Closer to the Wild Heart: Essays on Clarice Lispector (Legenda, 2002)

First footnote reference: 35 Closer to the Wild Heart: Essays on Clarice Lispector, ed. by Cláudia Pazos Alonso and Claire Williams (Legenda, 2002), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Alonso and Williams, p. 47.

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