Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives by Lamonte AidooLima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives by Lamonte Aidoo

Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives

EditorLamonte Aidoo, Daniel F. SilvaContribution byEarl E. Fitz

Hardcover | November 14, 2013

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This edited volume is a collection of twelve interdisciplinary essays from various Brazilian literary scholars, historians, and anthropologists analyzing the work of 19th- and 20th-century Afro-Brazilian writer Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto. This is the first collection to present a cohesive analysis of this writer's work in English. It is an intellectually diverse collection of essays that recover Barreto's ouvre and consider a wide range of topics, including Barreto's treatment of race, family, class, social and gender politics of postabolition Brazil, neocolonialism, the disjuncture between urban and suburban spaces, and national identity politics.
Lamonte Aidoo is assistant professor of romance studies and African and African American studies at Duke University. Daniel F. Silva is assistant professor of Portuguese at Middlebury College.
Title:Lima Barreto: New Critical PerspectivesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9.34 × 6.18 × 0.92 inPublished:November 14, 2013Publisher:Lexington BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0739176129

ISBN - 13:9780739176122


Table of Contents

IntroductionBy Lamonte Aidoo and Daniel F. Silva Chapter 1: Lima Barreto and Gender: An Inter-American PerspectiveBy Earl E. Fitz Chapter 2: Race and Sex in Lima Barreto and Charles Chesnutt: a Comparative Politics Between Brazil and the United StatesBy Renata R. M. Wasserman Chapter 3: The 'Coloniality of Power' and the Fictional Biography of an Obscure Bureaucrat in Lima Barreto's Vida e Morte de M. J. Gonzaga de SáBy Nelson H. Vieira Chapter 4: Lima Barreto and the Mimetic Experience: Agency, Literature, and Madness in the Brazil of the First RepublicBy Lilia Moritz Schwarcz Chapter 5: A Pan-African Activist at the Turn of the 20th Century: Lima Barreto and the Denunciation of Racial Prejudice in Brazil and the United States By Emanuelle K. F. Oliveira Chapter 6: Climbing the Social Ladder as a Tragic Farce in Brazil at the Turn of the Century in Machado de Assis' "The Nurse," Lima Barreto's "The Man Who Spoke Javanese," and Monteiro Lobato's "The Funnyman Who Repented"By Paulo da-Luz-Moreira Chapter 7: Extraordinary Delusions: the Madness of Capital in Lima Barreto's writingsBy Vivaldo A. Santos Chapter 8: "Fatally Condemned to Wander": Lima Barreto's Nonfiction Journalism and TestimonialsBy Robert Anderson Chapter 9: From Synthesis to Difference: Lima Barreto's Parodic UfanismoBy Luiz Fernando Valente Chapter 10: Reading Lima Barreto against Lima BarretoBy Mário Higa Chapter 11: Freyreans, Marxists, and the "Labyrinth of Nations": Lima Barreto and His Critics By Marc A. Hertzman Chapter 12: Men in their Own Wor(l)ds: Lima Barreto and the Narration of MasculinityBy Talia Gúzman-González

Editorial Reviews

Bringing together original and intelligent essays across several disciplines, this well-timed anthology is the first book-length English publication to pay homage to one of the major Afro-Brazilian intellectuals of all time: Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto (1881-1922). As both a victim and an outspoken critic of elite Brazilians' racist backlash in the immediate aftermath of the Abolition of Slavery (1888), Lima Barreto, as demonstrated in these essays, left behind in his relatively short life a remarkable body of testimonies about the contradictions inherent in Brazil's official entrance into modernity. Above all, the essays in this collection ably address the ideological contradictions and cross-social/racial tensions in a society struggling to reconcile modernity with the cultural legacy of slavery and colonialism. As argued by the organizers of this important anthology, Lima Barreto's fierce opposition to the conciliatory ideologies of miscegenation and related cross-racial brotherhood still reverberates through the discourse and activism of contemporary Afro-Brazilians, and confirms the relevance of studying his work today.