MS Rio celebrates the birthday of Carolina de Jesus

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Today, 03/21/19, at 7 pm, IMS Rio will promote a debate on the production of Carolina Maria de Jesus (1914-1977), a writer who portrayed the condition of black women in the peripheries of the country. The event celebrates the author's birthday, who would have turned 105 on March 14. The conversation will feature the presence of Ayana Dias, researcher of Carolina's work, Sergio da Silva Barcellos, PhD in Literature from PUC-Rio, and Professor Osmar Filho, coordinator of the Nucleus of Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous Studies at Colégio Pedro II . The debate is free, with distribution of passwords 30 minutes before.

During the conversation, participants will resume aspects of the author's life and work, bringing up current discussions in Brazilian society on topics such as race and gender. A black woman and a single mother, Carolina de Jesus worked as a garbage collector to support her family, writing in her spare time. In 1960, it became known after the publication of the book Quarto de despejo: diary of a favelada. With the success of his debut, he began to frequent the city's high social circles and earned some money. From the second book, Casa de masonaria, however, he returned to ostracism.

 Throughout the debate, the difficulties encountered by the writer to publish her work will be addressed, in dialogue with the current challenges faced by artists. “Carolina was on the margins of the literary milieu, made up mostly of men, whites, graduates and upper classes. She, however, was never resigned to her situation and wanted to be recognized as a writer”, says Bruno Cosentino, from the IMS Literature Coordination.  

Part of the Carolina de Jesus collection has been under the care of the Moreira Salles Institute since 2006, consisting of two handwritten notebooks – Um Brasil para os Brasileiros: short stories and poems, and another collection of the same genre, without title. 

Born in the city of Sacramento (MG), Carolina lived most of her life in the Canindé favela, in the north of São Paulo, where she supported her three children alone, working as a garbage collector. In 1960, he published the book Quarto de despejo: diary of a favelada. After its launch, the work had three more editions, with a total of 100,000 copies sold and translation into 15 languages. He also published the novel Pieces of hunger and the book Proverbs, both in 1963.

Carolina de Jesus: literature, market, gender and race
Schedule: 21/03, 19h. 
IMS Rio: Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 476, Rio de Janeiro. Free entrance, with ticket distribution 30 minutes before

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