Representations of Children in Street Situation in Brazilian Literature from the 16th to the 20th Century: Journeys of a (De)constructed Field


Palavras-chave: Child, Brazilian literature, Childhood, Poverty


The present article aims to analyze the representation of children in conditions of social vulnerability in Brazilian literature, focusing on characters facing marginalization and homelessness. We conducted a bibliographical research that discusses childhood from various perspectives, tracing a historical overview of children in situations of need and homelessness, as depicted by renowned authors selected to compose the research corpus. Brazilian literature has consistently engaged with social issues of each era, as evident in works such as A Escrava Isaura by Bernardo Guimarães, Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis, O Cortiço by Aluísio de Azevedo, Capitães da Areia by Jorge Amado, and Grande Sertão Veredas by Guimarães Rosa. The analyzed works portray the so-called "excluded" individuals from society, marginalized and often deprived of documentation or a home, practically considered non-existent. In this regard, the present study draws theoretical support from authors like Machado (2006), Kramer (2003), Polinésio (1994), and the Statute of the Child and Adolescent (1990) document. Consequently, Brazilian children living on the streets, long disregarded for centuries, have now drawn the attention of society, which can no longer afford to ignore this issue.


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Biografia do Autor

Priscila Nunes Brazil, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande

Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), Campina Grande, Paraíba, Brazil. Master in Language and Teaching. Specialization in Languages, their technologies and the world of work. Professor at the Federal Institute of Paraíba (IFPB).  

Maria Thais de Oliveira Batista, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte

State University of Rio Grande do Norte, Pau dos Ferros, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Master in Teaching (UERN). Professor at the Federal Institute of Paraíba (IFPB). 

Francisco Roberto Diniz Araújo, Federal Institute of Roraima

Un University of Flores (UFLO), Buenos Aires, Argentina. Postdoctoral in Psychology with Orientation in Investigation and Review Methodology (UFLO). Trainer professor at the Federal Institute of Roraima (IFRR). 


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Publicado em

31 de agosto de 2023

Como Citar

BRAZIL, P. N. .; BATISTA, M. T. de O. .; ARAÚJO, F. R. D. . Representations of Children in Street Situation in Brazilian Literature from the 16th to the 20th Century: Journeys of a (De)constructed Field . Revista Letras Raras, Campina Grande, v. 12, n. 2, p. 301–315, 2023. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.8302797. Disponível em: Acesso em: 3 dez. 2023.


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