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Writing from the Margins: Towards an Epistemology of Contemporary African Brazilian Fiction

DAVID BROOKSHAW

in Racism and Ethnic Relations in the Portuguese-Speaking World

Published by British Academy

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780197265246
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754197 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197265246.003.0008

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Writing from the Margins: Towards an Epistemology of Contemporary African Brazilian Fiction

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This chapter discusses the extent to which it is feasible to talk of a black Brazilian literary tradition that is somehow cohesive, conscious of itself and self-reflective. In looking at works by black fiction writers during the second half of the twentieth century, such as Romeu Crusoé, Oswaldo de Camargo, Cuti, Geni Guimarães, Marilene Felinto and Muniz Sodré, it suggests that writers of African descent who self-identify as black Brazilians are to a large extent bound by identification with region as much as they are with skin colour, in a similar way to other ‘ethnic’ writers in Brazil.

Keywords: Brazilian literary tradition; black fiction writers; Afro-Brazilian studies; ethnicity; race; gender

Chapter.  7574 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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