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Author Nunes, Zita.

Title Cannibal Democracy : Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas
Published Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xx, 218 pages)
Series Critical American Studies
Critical American studies series.
Contents United by anthropophagism -- Bringing in the dead : nostalgia and the refusal of loss in Gilberto Freyre's Casa Grande e Senzala -- The foreigner and the remainder -- The new Negro and the turn to South America -- The remainder is a reminder : cannibalizing the remains of the past
Summary Zita Nunes argues that the prevailing narratives of identity formation throughout the Americas share a dependence on metaphors of incorporation and, often, of cannibalism. From the position of the incorporating body, the construction of a national and racial identity through a process of assimilation presupposes a remainder, a residue. Nunes addresses works by writers and artists who explore what is left behind in the formation of national identities and speak to the limits of the contemporary discourse of democracy. Cannibal Democracy tracks its central metaphor?s circulation through the work
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-200) and index
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Subject American literature -- African American authors -- History and criticism.
Brazilian literature -- History and criticism.
Cannibalism in literature.
Caribbean literature -- History and criticism.
Democracy in literature.
Race relations in literature.
Brazil -- Race relations -- Historiography.
Caribbean Area -- Race relations -- Historiography.
United States -- Race relations -- Historiography.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008018324
ISBN 0816656525 (electronic bk.)
9780816656523 (electronic bk.)