O imaginário de Antonio Carlos Jobim: representações e discursos Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Fuentes Lima, Patrícia Helena
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • My aim with the present work is to describe the personal and creative trajectory of this artist that became known to his audience and people as a hero in the mythological sense--an individual that constructs a series of victories and defeats that continues until death, after which he is glorified by his community. Therefore, I approach the narratives that made him famous: the ones produced by the print press as well as those texts that negotiate meaning, memory, domain and identity created by his fans. I will place special emphasis on the fact that his public produced a definitive narrative about his figure, an account imbued with devotion, familiarity and creativity following his death. More specifically, I identify intertwined relations between the Brazilian audience and the media involved with creating the image of Antonio Carlos Jobim. My hypothesis is that Antonio Carlos Jobim's image was exhaustively associated with the Brazilian musical movement Bossa Nova for ideological reasons. Specially, during a particular moment in Brazilian history.the Juscelino Kubitschek's years (1955-1961). But his audience was able to read him in other ways. I presuppose image as an artifact--a text--which is ideologically constructed and inserted in a historical moment. This assumes the audience's skillful reading and rewriting. Antonio Carlos Jobim's work not only through his melodies and lyrics but also by means of his image, producing a different response and a different memory of him. The image constructed by the public and media produces a set of unique perspectives on Jobim and his legacy. The first chapter presents the recurrent discourses and definitions of Bossa Nova and how those perspectives fit Jobim into this artistic framework. The second chapter is an exploration of Jobim's poetic works and how his lyrics inter-relate his works with those of other writers of the period previous to Bossa Nova. The third chapter is an investigative approach to his accounts, essays and memoirs. The fourth chapter investigates the relationship between the print media and the artist Antonio Carlos Jobim and the representation of his image. The fifth chapter analyzes the iconic and discursive representation of Jobim presented in the letters to him from his audience. Those letters reveal the relationship between the fans and the image and remembrance of Antonio Carlos Jobim following his death and how the public's memory of him has been subsequently constructed and organized. I also mention further studies about the influence of Jobim and his work in the panorama of arts, anthropology and press in Brazil.
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