New Directions in Latino American Cultures

White Negritude

Race, Writing, and Brazilian Cultural Identity

Authors: Isfahani-Hammond, A.

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

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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


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Vanishing Primitives: An Introduction

    Pages 1-15

    Isfahani-Hammond, Alexandra

  • Poetry and the Plantation: Jorge de Lima’s White Authorship in a Caribbean Perspective

    Pages 17-43

    Isfahani-Hammond, Alexandra

  • White Man in the Tropics: Authorship and Atmospheric Blackness in Gilberto Freyre

    Pages 45-81

    Isfahani-Hammond, Alexandra

  • Joaquim Nabuco: Abolitionism, Erasure, and the Slave’s Narrative

    Pages 83-120

    Isfahani-Hammond, Alexandra

  • From the Plantation Manor to the Sociologist’s Study: Democracy, Lusotropicalism, and the Scene of Writing

    Pages 121-154

    Isfahani-Hammond, Alexandra

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
White Negritude
Book Subtitle
Race, Writing, and Brazilian Cultural Identity
Authors
Series Title
New Directions in Latino American Cultures
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Alexandra Isfahani-Hammond
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61011-8
DOI
10.1057/9780230610118
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-7595-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-53658-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 194
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations
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