Raymond S. Sayers (essay date 1956)
SOURCE: Sayers, Raymond S. “The Negro in the Romantic Novel.” In The Negro in Brazilian Literature, pp. 165-83. New York: Hispanic Institute in the United States, 1956.
[In the following excerpt, Sayers discusses Brazilian abolitionist novels written between 1850 and 1888, many of them thematically influenced by Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin.]
The period from 1850 to 1888 is marked by great development in the technique, subject matter and quality of Brazilian fiction. From the first tentative fumblings of Teixeira e Sousa and Joaquim Manuel de Macedo before the midpoint of the century, the novel traversed the stages of Indianism, historical fiction, and...
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