White Negritude Race, Writing, and Brazilian Cultural Identity

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Pub. Date: 12/15/2007
Publisher(s): Palgrave Macmillan
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White Negritudeanalyzes the discourse of mesticagem (mestizaje, metissage, or "mixing") in Brazil. Focused on Gilberto Freyre's sociology of plantation relations, it interrogates the relation of power to writing and canon formation, and the emergence of an exclusionary, ethnographic discourse that situates itself as the gatekeeper of African "survivals" in decline. Taking Freyre's master/slave paradigm as a point of departure for theorizing a particular form of racial and authorial impostery, this book analyzes the construction of race and raced writing in Brazil in relation to U.S. identity politics and Caribbean "mestizo projects."

Author Biography

Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California. She is the editor of The Masters and the Slaves: Plantation Relations and Mestizaje in American Imaginaries (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005).

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Vanishing Primitives: An Introductionp. 1
Poetry and the Plantation: Jorge de Lima's White Authorship in a Caribbean Perspectivep. 17
White Man in the Tropics: Authorship and Atmospheric Blackness in Gilberto Freyrep. 45
Joaquim Nabuco: Abolitionism, Erasure, and the Slave's Narrativep. 83
From the Plantation Manor to the Sociologist's Study: Democracy, Lusotropicalism, and the Scene of Writingp. 121
Notesp. 155
Referencesp. 167
Indexp. 179
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