Curran's Cordel Connection
YEARS OF CORDEL
VIDA DE CORDEL!)
Bemvindos (welcome) to Professor Mark Curran’s web page on the
folk-popular poetry from Brazil’s Northeast.
Cordel is the short term for what we call the Literatura de
Cordel or “String Literature” with roots in 17th and 18th
century Portugal and the folk-popular tradition from other countries of Europe,
especially Spain and France. This
page’s first purpose is to INTRODUCE
you to cordel, to explain its ROLE,
its VALUE and its STATUS
in Brazil today.
Prof. Mark Curran has dedicated his entire academic career of thirty-five
years to collection and research on cordel and its place in Brazilian
culture and history. He would like to share this research and experience with you,
so please click on VITAE to see his
published writings on cordel and Brazilian culture.
Also, please click on BOOKS for a
synopsis of each of his books on the subject.
He welcomes interest in cordel and can be reached at his e-mail
(in English, Portuguese or Spanish).
A list of links to cordel on the web can be found through any good
search engine by searching for the term “literatura de cordel” or related
Finally, since man does not live by cordel alone, and Professor
Curran wants to continue interesting conversation the next few years and into
future retirement, please click on HOBBIES
for a list of some of the things Mark Curran likes to talk and read about and
some topics he has taught at Arizona State University since 1968.