"O alienista": loucura, ciência e paródia

The explanation of Simão Bacamarte’s personal and public dimensions introduces the diegetic scenario that aims to highlight the part played by madness as a pretext for social control. After recuperating the conditions to which senseless people submitted to in modern times, especially in France, we p...

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Main Author: Pino, Dino del
Format: Article
Language:Portuguese
Published: 2015
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Online Access:https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/oaiart?codigo=5771547
Source:Anamorphosis: Revista Internacional de Direito e Literatura, ISSN 2446-8088, null 1, Nº. 1, 2015 (Ejemplar dedicado a: janeiro-junho), pags. 157-173
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Summary: The explanation of Simão Bacamarte’s personal and public dimensions introduces the diegetic scenario that aims to highlight the part played by madness as a pretext for social control. After recuperating the conditions to which senseless people submitted to in modern times, especially in France, we point to the hubris as relevant in the field of science, exemplifying it by using the intertextual link between The Alienist and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. During the conclusion, we aimed to show – after drawing a brief parallel between Simão and Brás Cubas – that Simão represents a parody of “the scientist”, a character that took shape with the evolution of the history of science and which was given unprecedented value after the 19th century.