A Court in the Backlands: a nomadic justice in Brazilian literature

Nery Porto, R. 2022. A Court in the Backlands: a nomadic justice in Brazilian literature. Law and Literature. 36 (1), pp. 65-85. https://doi.org/10.1080/1535685X.2022.2143078

TitleA Court in the Backlands: a nomadic justice in Brazilian literature
TypeJournal article
AuthorsNery Porto, R.
Abstract

This paper explores a conception of justice through a reading of the Brazilian novel The Devil to Pay in the Backlands, written by João Guimarães Rosa. In this novel, the character of Zé Bebelo is tried by a group of jagunços, which were nomadic bandits that lived in the northeast of Brazil. What is analyzed in this scene is the spectral dimension of undecidability that involves a decision, and how a decision intervenes in a field of forces and reshapes the relationships and antagonisms of a conflict. To do so, I seek to show how this novel operates a counter-actualization of Brazilian history by updating and making act the memory of violence and war that marks life in the peripheral regions of Brazil. Finally, I question how justice can be possible when war is a tendency internal to the functioning of societies? What concept of justice can be possible when faced with this continuous tendency to disjoint the social body? Thus, I propose a concept of justice thought before the unbalance, conflictive and differential relationships lived by the characters of this novel in the uncertain and contingent space of the Brazilian backlands.

KeywordsJustice; Literature; War; Virtual; History
JournalLaw and Literature
Journal citation36 (1), pp. 65-85
ISSN1541-2601
Year2022
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1535685X.2022.2143078
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1535685X.2022.2143078
Publication dates
Published online13 Dec 2022
FunderWestminster Law School

Related outputs

A Viscous Law and the Sticky Bodies of Cocoa: For a cosmopoetics of justice
Nery Porto, R. 2024. A Viscous Law and the Sticky Bodies of Cocoa: For a cosmopoetics of justice. PhD thesis University of Westminster Westminster Law School https://doi.org/10.34737/w8z43

Ecology under the falling sky: Nature, ecology and entropy in Yanomami cosmology
Renan Nery Porto 2023. Ecology under the falling sky: Nature, ecology and entropy in Yanomami cosmology. The Anthropocene Review. Advanced online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/20530196231211849

Ecology Under the Falling Sky (Portuguese)
Nery Porto, R. 2022. Ecology Under the Falling Sky (Portuguese). Modernos & Contemporâneos - International Journal of Philosophy. 5 (13), pp. 148-167.

Políticas de Riobaldo: a justiça jagunça e suas máquinas de guerra
Nery Porto, R. 2021. Políticas de Riobaldo: a justiça jagunça e suas máquinas de guerra. Brazil Editora Cepe.

Permalink - https://westminsterresearch.westminster.ac.uk/item/w0v54/a-court-in-the-backlands-a-nomadic-justice-in-brazilian-literature


Share this

Usage statistics

47 total views
28 total downloads
These values cover views and downloads from WestminsterResearch and are for the period from September 2nd 2018, when this repository was created.