The Other Roots: Wandering Origins in Roots of Brazil and the Impasses of Modernity in Ibero-America

The Other Roots: Wandering Origins in Roots of Brazil and the Impasses of Modernity in Ibero-America

NOOK Book(eBook)

$10.49 $14.99 Save 30% Current price is $10.49, Original price is $14.99. You Save 30%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
Want a NOOK ? Explore Now


The Other Roots: Wandering Origins in Roots of Brazil and the Impasses of Modernity in Ibero-America by Pedro Meira Monteiro

First published in 1936, the classic work Roots of Brazil by Sérgio Buarque de Holanda presented an analysis of why and how a European culture flourished in a large tropical environment that was totally foreign to its traditions, and the manner and consequences of this development. In The Other Roots, Pedro Meira Monteiro contends that Roots of Brazil is an essential work for understanding Brazil and the current impasses of politics in Latin America. Meira Monteiro demonstrates that the ideas expressed in Roots of Brazil have taken on new forms and helped to construct some of the most lasting images of the country, such as the "cordial man," a central concept that expresses the Ibero-American cultural and political experience and constantly wavers between liberalism's claims to impersonality and deeply ingrained forms of personalism. Meira Monteiro examines in particular how "cordiality" reveals the everlasting conflation of the public and the private spheres in Brazil. Despite its ambivalent relationship to liberal democracy, Roots of Brazil may be seen as part of a Latin Americanist assertion of a shared continental experience, which today might extend to the idea of solidarity across the so-called Global South. Taking its cue from Buarque de Holanda, The Other Roots investigates the reasons why national discourses invariably come up short, and shows identity to be a poetic and political tool, revealing that any collectivity ultimately remains intact thanks to the multiple discourses that sustain it in fragile, problematic, and fascinating equilibrium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780268102364
Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date: 10/30/2017
Series: Kellogg Institute Series on Democracy and Development
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 276
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pedro Meira Monteiro is professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. He is the author, editor, and co-editor of numerous books, including a critical edition of Raízes do Brasil.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface to the North American Edition xi

Introduction 1

Part I Familial politics

Chapter 1 Marking the Starting Point: Readings of Sérgio Buarque de Holanda 19

Chapter 2 A Familial Tragedy (in Hegel's Shadow) 37

Chapter 3 Rural Roots of the Brazilian Family: Sérgio Buarque de Holanda and Gilberto Freyre 49

Part II The Nonexistent American

Chapter 4 Wandering Origins: The Impertinence of Belonging 79

Chapter 5 Seeking America: The Impasses of Liberalism (1) 99

Chapter 6 "El hombre cordial" and Specular Poetics: The Impasses of Liberalism (2) 117

Part III Words and Time

Chapter 7 Cordiality and Power: The President and Politics between Film and Essay 143

Chapter 8 Sérgio Buarque de Holanda and Words, or Evoking Wittgenstein 161

Chapter 9 In a Thread of Time: Chico, Sérgio, and Benjamin 175

Epilogue. Roots of the Twenty-First Century: Wisnik and the Horizons of the Essay 183

Appendix: Excerpts from Roots of Brazil 207

Notes 217

Works Cited 261

Index 285

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews