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Racism and Ethnic Relations in the Portuguese-Speaking World$
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Francisco Bethencourt and Adrian Pearce

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265246

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265246.001.0001

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

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

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(p.133) 7 Writing from the Margins: Towards an Epistemology of Contemporary African Brazilian Fiction
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Racism and Ethnic Relations in the Portuguese-Speaking World
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DAVID BROOKSHAW

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197265246.003.0008

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

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