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Machado de Assis: Multiracial Identity and the Brazilian Novelist

Machado de Assis: Multiracial Identity and the Brazilian Novelist by G. Reginald Daniel 0271052473 9780271052472
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Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (1839-1908) was Brazils foremost novelist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a mulatto, Machado experienced the ambiguity of racial identity throughout his life. Literary critics first interpreted Machado as an embittered misanthrope uninterested in the plight of his fellow African Brazilians. By midcentury, however, a new generation of critics asserted that Machados writings did reveal his interest in slavery, race, and other contemporary social issues, but their interpretations went too far in the other direction. G. Reginald Daniel, an expert on Brazilian race relations, takes a fresh look at how Machados writings were inflected by his life--especially his experience of his own racial identity. The result is a new interpretation that sees Machado as endeavoring to transcend his racial origins by universalizing the experience of racial ambiguity and duality into a fundamental mode of human existence.

Author: G. Reginald Daniel

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 344

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Publication Date: 2014-04-16

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