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Revista Psicopedagogia

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SANTANA, Marco Antonio de. Representation of female teachers in Mário de Andrade: Madness and old age. Rev. psicopedag. [online]. 2023, vol.40, n.121, pp.103-116. ISSN 0103-8486.

This paper analyzes the representations of female teachers in the short story "Behind Ruão's Cathedral" (1947) and in the novel "To Love, intransitive verb" (1944), both by Mário de Andrade, with emphasis on the questions about the notion of old age and madness. These texts were written under the aegis of Modernism, and they thematize the respective pedagogical practices, but also highlight the anguish of working and itinerant women, who are disliked for performing public functions in private spaces. If on the one hand it was emblematic that she was a woman, on the other, the writer's highlights were even more pronounced, for age was on display and madness was seen as an innate condition of a supposedly inferior gender. Literature in the present study meant an important cultural artifact, and also served as a peculiar source for interpretation by historians of the present, so that the method used here was that synthesized in the notion of historiographical operation advocated by Michel de Certeau (1975/2020).

Keywords : To Love; Intransitive Verb; Behind Ruão's Cathedral; History of Education; Old Age and Madness.

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