Illustrating Race and Nation in the Paraguayan War Era

Peter M. Beattie

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI:
Illustrating Race and Nation in the Paraguayan War Era

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While serious attempts to deal with Brazil's national and racial myths of origin and destiny have inspired scholarly interest, less attention has been paid to humorists who exploited anxieties over them. This chapter examines this conundrum through heroic and humoristic representations of “race” and nation. Many of these depictions may seem offensive, however, the text does should not be seen as promoting racist humor under the cover of scholarship; rather, it is asserted that humor and the heroic are interconnected battlefields in which the memory of traumatic events are shaped, challenged, and recast. In Brazil, scholars have focused on the parodies of Carnival, portraying them as a form of popular criticism or resistance to powerful actors and forces in society.

Keywords: race and nation; humor; battlefield; traumatic memories; Brazil; Paraguayan War; racial identity

Chapter.  10765 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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