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Author Bosi, Alfredo, 1936-
Title Dialetica da colonizacao. English
Brazil and the dialectic of colonization / Alfredo Bosi ; translated by Robert Patrick Newcomb.
Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2015]

Author Bosi, Alfredo, 1936-
Subject Brazil -- Civilization.
Brazil -- History -- Philosophy.
Brazil -- Colonization.
Alt Name Newcomb, Robert Patrick,
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-364) and index.
Summary 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 Jose 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.
Note Description based on print version record.
Contents Author's note to the North American edition -- 1. Colony, cult, and culture -- 2. Anchieta, or the crossed arrows of the sacred -- 3. From our former state to the mercantile machine -- 4. Vieira, or the cross of inequality -- 5. Antonil, or the tears of trade goods -- 6. A sacrificial myth: Alencar's Indianism -- 7. Slavery between two liberalisms -- 8. Under the sign of ham -- 9. The archeology of the welfare state -- 10. Brazilian culture and Brazilian cultures -- Postscript to "Brazilian culture and Brazilian cultures" (1992) -- A retrospective glance -- Epilogue (2001).
ISBN 9780252097355 (e-book)
9780252039300 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780252080845 (paperback)
OCLC # 919002338
Additional Format Print version: Brazil and the dialectic of colonization Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, [2015] 9780252039300 (DLC) 2015944265

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