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The Legacy of Slavery: Tales of Gender and Racial Violence in Machado de Assis

  • Sidney Chalhoub
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Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)

Abstract

The themes of slavery, gender and racism, seen as intertwined, were present in the work of Machado de Assis throughout his career. It is possible to identify three moments, successive but also to some degree coeval, in the way in which Machado approached and interrelated these subjects. First, he denounced the seigneurial custom of resorting to sexual violence against free and enslaved black women, and depicted these women’s dignity in dealing with the problem (in texts written mainly in the 1860s and 1870s). Second, in very allegorical mode, he analyzed the relations among division of labor, scientific ideologies and racial injustice (1880s). Finally, Machado de Assis turned to the legacy of slavery and its consequences for Brazilian history and society (1890s and 1900s).

Keywords

Child Labor Short Story African Descent Black Girl Plantation Owner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidney Chalhoub
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  1. 1.Harvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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