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White Negritude: Race, Writing, and Brazilian Cultural Identity
     

White Negritude: Race, Writing, and Brazilian Cultural Identity

by Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
 

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This book looks at the relationship of literary criticism to the social construction of race in Brazil. Isfahani-Hammond considers Gilberto Freyre's model of master/slave synthesis and examines what "multiculturalism" means after the turn of the century.

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This book looks at the relationship of literary criticism to the social construction of race in Brazil. Isfahani-Hammond considers Gilberto Freyre's model of master/slave synthesis and examines what "multiculturalism" means after the turn of the century.

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"Isfahani-Hammond has made a very significant scholarly contribution to the vast and complex field of comparative racial discourse in the Americas. Riffing on Norman Mailer's notion of the 'White Negro,' she explores the interesting and troubling ways in which white patrician intellectuals have positioned themselves as uniquely endowed to speak about and for black people in post-plantation societies. While her focus is squarely on Brazil and its architects of national identity, like statesman Joaquim Nabuco, sociologist Gilberto Freyre, and poet Jorge de Lima, her scope is resolutely transnational, engaging texts and contexts from the English, French, and Spanish-speaking Caribbean, and from the southern US."

- Christopher Dunn, Associate Professor and Chair of Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies, Tulane University

"Brazilian literary discourses of mestizaje include a paradoxical and insidious convention: the claim that socially 'white' authors can best speak as 'black' Brazilians, because only they can claim to be disinterested and balanced in their representation of Afro-Brazilian life. White Negritude traces this discourse through its acme in Gilberto Freyre, the fountainhead of Brazilian racial ideology, to its consequences for socially 'black' authors as a bizarre Catch-22 that charges them to hold their tongues in the name of authenticity."

- Dain Borges, Associate Professor of History, The University of Chicago

"A comparative perspective that addresses the realities of race, racialization and writing in North-South, post-emancipated national contexts such as Brazil, the Carribbean, and the United States."

- Luso-Brazilian Review, Jossianna Arroyo, University of Texas-Austin

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230263123
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/26/2007
Series:
New Concepts in Latino American Cultures Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
599 KB

Meet the Author

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Luso-Brazilian Studies. University of California, San Diego, USA.

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