The end of civilization in Álvaro do Carvalhal: eating children is wrong
Abstract:Álvaro do Carvalhal's novella, Os canibais, offers a plot in which gothic high Romanticism and horror combine to address preoccupations that were pertinent to theoretical, literary and sociopolitical thought at the end of the nineteenth century and remain so today. The breaking of two taboos, kin-slaying and cannibalism invite reflection on parameters of justice and the law within the societies and periods to which the former give definition, and on how the destabilization of the former impact on the latter.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2011
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