Book at Lunchtime: After Clarice; Reading Lispector's Legacy in the Twenty-First Century

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Book At Lunchtime welcomes Adriana X. Jacobs (Asian and Middle Eastern Studies) and Claire Williams (Medieval and Modern Languages) to discuss their recently published work, After Clarice; Reading Lispector's Legacy in the Twenty First Century (Legenda).

Forty years after her death, Clarice Lispector’s startling oeuvre continues to fascinate readers and scholars. Internationally acclaimed writers, from Hélène Cixous to Colm Tóibín, have acknowledged the transformative influence of her writing on their own work. Translations of her novels and short stories appear every year in many languages, making her one of the most widely translated and retranslated Portuguese-language writers of the twentieth century. After Clarice: Reading Lispector’s Legacy in the Twenty-First Century brings together scholars, authors, artists, and translators working in a wide range of languages and disciplines to address Lispector’s place, as a Brazilian writer, in twenty-first century configurations of world literature. It aims to evaluate the fluctuations and swerves in Lispector’s critical fortunes, focusing on the way her works have been reread and transformed in other languages, genres, and media.

Gathering scholarly articles, works of fiction and poetry, personal essays and archival material, this volume explores Lispector’s status as a Jewish writer; issues of identity, class, race, gender and sexuality in her work; translation and reception, as well as the politics of publishing and marketing Lispector for international readerships. In addition to her stories and novels, After Clarice also examines Lispector’s journalism, writing for children, interviews, music and visual art collaborations, and considers how these activities have garnered her new readers in a wide range of disciplines.

Adriana and Claire will be joined by an expert panel to discuss their work Professor Patrick McGuinness (Medieval and Modern Languages) and writer, actor and translator Magdalena Edwards

"After Clarice: Reading Lispector's Legacy in the Twenty-First Century, echoes the multiple meanings and functions of this kaleidoscope term in the ways it addresses the legacies of the life and works of Ukrainian-born naturalized Brazilain writer Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), one of the great Latin American writers of the twentieth century" 

Adriana X Jacobs is an Associate Professor and Cowley Lecturer in Modern Hebrew Literature; Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

Claire Williams is an Associate Professor, Brazilian Literature and Culture and Fellow of St Peter's College.

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