Culture and Customs of Brazil
Race, religion, language, culture, and national character are full of contradictions. Brazil, the largest country in South America, embodies so much paradox that it defies neat description. This book will help students and general readers dispel stereotypes of Brazil and begin to understand what country's bigness means in terms of its land, people, history, society, and cultural expressions.
This is the only authoritative yet accessible volume on Brazil that surveys a wide range of important topics, from geography, to social customs, art, architecture, and more. Highlights include discussions of the fluid definitions of race, rituals of candomble, the importance of extended family networks, beach culture, and soccer madness. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.
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The Novel . It was , though , in the novel that Brazilian romantics would produce
works that would most directly address the problem of Brazilian identity . The
salient figure in the Romantic novel in Brazil was José de Alencar ( 1829 – 1877 )
... massive infusion of Brazilian flora and fauna appears to contribute an element
of the charm Brazilians find in the novels . ... de Macedo ( 1820 – 1882 ) , whose
sentimental novel A Moreninha ( 1844 ) ( Little Brunette ) is still widely read .
He wrote in every genre , but it is in his voluminous collections of short stories
and in his 10 or so novels that Machado ... is held to be responsible for the
introduction of “ English humor , ” meaning " understated ” in the Brazilian novel .
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