White Negritude: Race, Writing, and Brazilian Cultural Identity

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 194 pages
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White Negritude analyzes the discourse of mestiçagem (mestizaje, métissage, 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."

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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).

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