Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century / Edition 1

by Junia Ferreira Furtado
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052171155X

ISBN-13: 9780521711555

Pub. Date: 11/17/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Júnia Ferreira Furtado offers a fascinating study of the world of a freed woman of color in a small Brazilian town where itinerant merchants, former slaves, Portuguese administrators, and concubines interact across social and cultural lines. The child of an African slave from the Costa da Mina and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da

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Júnia Ferreira Furtado offers a fascinating study of the world of a freed woman of color in a small Brazilian town where itinerant merchants, former slaves, Portuguese administrators, and concubines interact across social and cultural lines. The child of an African slave from the Costa da Mina and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her freedom using social and matrimonial strategies. But the story of Chica da Silva is not merely the personal history of a woman, or the social history of a colonial Brazilian town. Rather, it provides a historical perspective on a woman’s agency, the cultural universe she inhabited, and the myths that were created around her in subsequent centuries, as Chica de Silva came to symbolize both an example of racial democracy and the stereotype of licentiousness and sensuality always attributed to the black or mulatta female in the Brazilian popular imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521711555
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2008
Series:
New Approaches to the Americas Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Land of stars; 2. Chica da Silva; 3. The diamond contractors; 4. Black diamond; 5. The lady of Tejuco; 6. Life in the village; 7. Mines of splendour; 8. Separation; 9. Disputes; 10. Destinies; 11. Chica the boss.

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