Brazilian Literature Criticism: Culture, Politics, And Race In Brazilian Writing - Essay

Regina Zilberman (essay date 1988)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Zilberman, Regina. “Myth and Brazilian Literature.1” In Literary Anthropology: A New Interdisciplinary Approach to People, Signs and Literature, edited by Fernando Poyatos, pp. 141-59. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1988.

[In the following essay, Zilberman examines the use of myth in Brazilian literature, noting that many narratives employing this technique have as a main theme the justification of the way society is organized.]


Because myth is a mode of expression consolidated by verbal language, and because it is present in all human societies, it...

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Nelson H. Vieira (essay date 1996)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Vieira, Nelson H. “Outsiders and Insiders: Brazilian Jews and the Discourse of Alterity.” In The Jewish Diaspora in Latin America: New Studies on History and Literature, edited by David Sheinin and Lois Baer Barr, pp. 101-16. New York: Garland Publishing Inc., 1996.

[In the following essay, Vieira uses the works of Samel Rawet to demonstrate the commonality of the theme of alienation in many Brazilian-Jewish writings.]

“[T]hey were talking about Jews during that Christmas supper. … [T]here was the whole universe, the others and he, experiencing the same clichés, and the same insoluble contradiction.”


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Cristina Sáenz de Tejada (essay date September 1997)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: de Tejada, Cristina Sáenz. “Blacks in Brazilian Literature: A Long Journey from Concealment to Recognition.” Hispanofila 121 (September 1997): 61-74.

[In the following essay, de Tejada traces the changing images of blacks and black culture in contemporary novels by Brazilian and Afro-Brazilian writers.]

Over the past twenty years, Afro-Brazilians have been experiencing significant changes in their country parallel to the beginning of a democratic society, and a new vision of the world that is reevaluating historically and culturally what it means to be Black. This is manifested in several cultural movements, such as “Olodum” in the city of Salvador,...

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