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African and Afro-Brazilian characters: race, slavery and the illegal slave trade in Brazilian Literature during the formation of the nation, 1830-1870

Grant number: 15/19848-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): January 01, 2016
Effective date (End): March 31, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - History - History of Brazil
Principal Investigator:Robert Wayne Andrew Slenes
Grantee:Dayana Façanha de Carvalho
Host Institution: Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas (IFCH). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/21979-5 - Between slavery and the burden of freedom: workers and forms of labor exploitation in historical perspective, AP.TEM


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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CARVALHO, Dayana Façanha de. Shadow and slavery: african slave trade and antislavery movement in Brazilian literature, 1830-1871. 2020. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas Campinas, SP.

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