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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Is it strange , then , if the Brazilian Machado de Assis , one of the great writers of
all time , is not even a name to the majority of us ? - Samuel Putnam , Marvelous
Journey , pp . vii - viii IT MAY SEEM paradoxical to consider literature the most ...
to say , in fact , that Brazilian writers may be as influential in what they say as in
what they write . Literature is also the art form most closely coinciding
chronologically with developments in Europe . When Dom João VI arrived in
Brazil in 1808 ...
Also important was Clarice Lispector ' s Laços de Familia ( 1960 ) ( Family Ties ,
1972 ) , a major work by one of Brazil ' s most famous woman writers . Although
they are not precisely feminist stories , the narratives of Family Ties are all told ...
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