'Rebellion in the backland': discourse, truth and power

Baroni, Alice (Maria) (2012) 'Rebellion in the backland': discourse, truth and power. Polêm!ca Revista Eletrônica, 11(2).

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This article sets out to interpret the construction of truth discourse in the War of Canudos, through the classic 'Rebellion in the backland' by Euclides da Cunha. To enrich the research, the articles wrote by Cunha, while he was a war correspondent for the Estado de São Paulo newspaper, will be analyzed, too. Along with the text, the expression “truth-effects” designed by French philosopher Michel Foucault is being used. “Effects of truth” is an expression in reference to the idea of discourses being neither true nor false. In Os sertões, the effects of truth emerge from strategic power disputes amongst the Church, landowners, politicians and a seaside ruling elite that ignores the reality of the poor and forsaken hinterlands. Keywords: discourse, power, truth.

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ID Code: 50937
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Discourse, Power, Truth
ISSN: 1676-0727
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Maria Lima Baroni
Deposited On: 12 Dec 2012 04:40
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2014 14:15

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