Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century - New Approaches to the Americas (Hardback)
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Chica da Silva: A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century - New Approaches to the Americas (Hardback)

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Hardback 348 Pages / Published: 08/12/2008
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Junia Ferreira Furtado offers a fascinating study of the world of a freed woman of color in a small Brazilian town where itinerant merchants, former slaves, Portuguese administrators and concubines interact across social and cultural lines. The child of an African slave and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her freedom using social and matrimonial strategies. But her story is not merely the personal history of a woman, or the social history of a colonial Brazilian town. Rather, it provides a historical perspective on the cultural universe she inhabited, and the myths that were created around her in subsequent centuries, as Chica de Silva came to symbolize both an example of racial democracy and the stereotype of licentiousness and sensuality always attributed to the black or mulatta female in the Brazilian popular imagination.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521884655
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"...impressive, definitive study..." -Choice
"In Chica da Silva, Junia Ferreira Furtado offers a compelling account of the life and world of Francisca da Silva de Oliveira." -Mariana L. R. Dantas, Journal of Social History
"excellent book...moves beyond the myths to uncover ther real Chica." -Katherine Holt, Journal of World History

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