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Brazil and the dialectic of colonization

Author: Alfredo Bosi; Robert Patrick Newcomb
Publisher: Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A triumph of Brazilian literary criticism and historiography, Brazil and the Dialectic of Colonization explores the unique character of Brazil from its colonial beginnings to its emergence as a modern nation. This translation presents the thought of Alfredo Bosi, one of contemporary Brazil's leading intellectuals, to an English-speaking audience. Bosi scrutinizes signal points in the creation of Brazilian culture -  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfredo Bosi; Robert Patrick Newcomb
ISBN: 9780252039300 0252039300 9780252080845 025208084X
OCLC Number: 893454383
Description: xiv, 373 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Colony, cult, and culture --
Anchieta, or the crossed arrows of the sacred --
From our former state to the mercantile machine --
Vieira, or the cross of inequality --
A sacrificial myth: Alencar's Indianism --
Slavery between two liberalisms --
Under the sign of Ham --
The archeology of the Welfare state --
Brazilian culture and Brazilian cultures.
Other Titles: Dialética da colonização.
Responsibility: Alfredo Bosi ; translated by Robert Patrick Newcomb.

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A triumph of Brazilian literary criticism and historiography, Brazil and the Dialectic of Colonization explores the unique character of Brazil from its colonial beginnings to its emergence as a modern nation. This translation presents the thought of Alfredo Bosi, one of contemporary Brazil's leading intellectuals, to an English-speaking audience. Bosi scrutinizes signal points in the creation of Brazilian culture - the plays and poetry, the sermons of missionaries and Jesuit priests, the Indian novels of José de Alencar and the Voices of Africa of poet Castro Alves. His portrait of the country's response to the pressures of colonial conformity offers a groundbreaking appraisal of Brazilian culture as it emerged from the tensions between imposed colonial control and the African and Amerindian cults - including Catholic-influenced ones - that resisted it. Wide-ranging and provocative, Brazil and the Dialectic of Colonization reconcieves the material and symbolic processes behind colonization, and daringly links the economic practices of its agents to their means of survival, their memory, their ways of representing themselves and others, and their desires and hopes. -- from back cover.

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