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[This chapter sets the readers in the city, introducing them to my approach and subject matter. It also sets the tone for the book—a blend of analysis, criticism, and narrative—to establish my interpretative framework and to make the reader feel as though they’ve parachuted into a complex and...
[This chapter establishes the “temporal landscape” of Rio; that is, how space and time dynamically interact in this city. The experience of the “present” in Rio de Janeiro has been consistently defined by strong pushes towards the future and deep nostalgic pulls to the past, leading it to feel...
[I analyze four buildings that symbolize the decadent history of the city more broadly. The four buildings contain profound layers and expressions of the past and the future, and all of them continue to exist in some way, shape, or form in the contemporary city. By exploring their histories and...
[In this chapter, I take a journey through works in Rio de Janeiro’s literary history. Through an in-depth and close reading of Machado de Assis, Lima Barreto, Elizabeth Bishop, Tatiana Salem Levy, and J.P. Cuenca, I explore how time and space are constructed and explored in literature. In a...
[After the in-depth readings of certain buildings and works of literature, in this concluding chapter, I suggest that the city more broadly exists in a perpetually and acutely “in progress” state, especially in the context of the 2016 Olympics. My notion contends that prevalent development...
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