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Late Colonial Estrangement And Miscegenation: Identity And Authenticity in the Colonial Imagination In The Dutch And Lusophone (Post) Colonial Worlds

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Abstract:

This paper attempts to reassess the work of two contemporary writers in the 1930s: Gilberto Freyre in Brazil and E. du Perron in the Netherlands Indies (Indonesia). Their famous narratives (respectively, Casa-Grande e Senzala and Het Land van Herkomst) present a (post) colonial world where inequality, violence and racism are almost as conspicuous as mixing and contact across the colour lines. In fact, although one work is a sociological and historical interpretation of colonial and imperial Brazil and the other a literary reworking of personal reminiscences related to Indies society in the early twentieth century, both construct worlds that present several important similarities.

Keywords: BRAZIL; COLONIAL INDONESIA; LITERARY IMAGINATION; POSTCOLONIALISM

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2: Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Publication date: January 1, 2007

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