This project proposes to analyze the representation of Africa, Africans and Afro-Brazilians in a set of selected literary works published in Brazil between the 1830s and 1870s. The objective is to investigate where Brazilian writers position themselves in the European debate of the first half of the nineteenth century about the capabilities of African and black people born in the diaspora to integrate themselves into Western civilization and into the nation of Brazil. In order to do this, the project aims at mapping European literary and scientific influences on national writers. In addition, literary works will be compared with articles in a selection of newspapers to determine if they engaged in dialogue with Brazilian political debates regarding slavery and the legacy of the contraband trade in Africans during the formative years of the nation.
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