The year 2020 will be marked by numerous events commemorating the centennial birthday of Clarice Lispector (1920-1977), a writer that has been oftentimes praised as the best Brazilian fiction writer of the twentieth century. Ever since Antonio Candido’s critical essay on Lispector’s first novel, Perto do coração selvagem, right after the novel’s publication in 1943, there has been a steady flow of scholarly and academic studies approaching the writer’s fiction from a wide array of fields and disciplines. More recently, however, critical reception of her work has veered towards those areas of her production considered more marginal, or more distanced from the texts that have entered the literary canon. Among these texts, described by Vilma Arêas as written “with the tips of the fingers,” or rushed, as it were, prompted in many cases by financial need, one finds some of Lispector’s contributions to newspapers and journals. Lispector’s relationship with the press in the form of chronicles, short stories, translations, interviews, women’s pages, and fragmentary, anecdotal pieces, began before the publication of her first novel and lasted her entire life.

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Fall 2019


Professor Mariela Méndez edited and introduced the Special Dossier on Clarice Lispector's Journalism, found in the Journal of Lusophone Studies 4, no. 2 (Fall 2019). Included here is the introduction for this Special Dossier.

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Copyright © 2019 Mariela Méndez. This article first appeared in the Journal of Lusophone Studies 4:2 (2019): Special Dossier on Clarice Lispector's Journalism: 8-14.

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Méndez, Mariela. "Introduction: Clarice Lispector and the Press." Journal of Lusophone Studies 4, no. 2 (Fall 2019): Special Dossier on Clarice Lispector's Journalism: 8-14.