Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

...book in the Critical American Studies series. I thank Richard Morrison, executive editor, and the staff at the University of Minnesota Press, including Adam Brunner, Emily Hamilton, Laura...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xx

...circulate a remarkably consistent set of concept-metaphors derived from cannibalism, informing the way race relations in a democracy are apprehended and theorized. My book takes up this set of concept-metaphors, the persistence of which is suggested by its objects of study...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-24

...striking poster affi xed to a wall. This poster, one of many plastered throughout the city’s poorer neighborhoods, showed three nude, brown-skinned torsos — one, the lightest in color, apparently a woman as indicated by the salience of the breast; the other two were...

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1. United by Anthropophagism

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pp. 25-58

...was an event that one of the organizers called “o primeiro sintoma espiritual da transmutação de nossa consciência” (the fi rst intellectual symptom of the transformation of our consciousness)...

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2. Bringing in the Dead: Nostalgia and the Refusal of Loss in Gilberto Freyre’s: Casa Grande e Senzala

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pp. 59-86

...section of New York Public Library, visited Brazil. His stay coincided with a public-relations initiative on the part of a group of Brazilian intellectuals and business leaders and the U.S. government...

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3. The Foreigner and the Remainder

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pp. 87-114

...based on a model of cannibalism and explored the signifi cance of the metaphor of cannibalism to the concept of racial democracy in relation to the Brazilian context most immediately associated with these ideas...

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4. The New Negro and the Turn to South America

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pp. 115-144

...the third day of last February, accompanied by my wife, sailed from the port of New York for a visit to the South American republics. It was the opening chapter in the realization of a golden dream long cherished...

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5. The Remainder Is a Reminder: Cannibalizing the Remains of the Past

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pp. 145-172

...the remainder in the United States and Brazil. As I have demonstrated, the remainder is signaled in African American writing with surprising frequency through references to Brazil (or a generalized South America) and to the metaphor of cannibalism. In what...

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Epilogue

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pp. 173-176

...fi rst of the novellas collected in this very dense work, tells the story from the disintegrating perspective of the Narrator/Dreamer of a boat journey from the coast of Guyana to the interior. Donne, the narrator’s brother...

Notes

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pp. 177-200

Index

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pp. 201-219

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About the Author

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pp. 220-220

...Zita Nunes is associate professor of English and director of the Comparative Literature Program at the University of Maryland, College Park...