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Anti-Empire: Decolonial Interventions in Lusophone Literatures$
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Daniel F. Silva

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781786941008

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781786941008.001.0001

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Mário de Andrade’s Antropofagia and Macunaíma as Anti-Imperial Scene of Writing

Mário de Andrade’s Antropofagia and Macunaíma as Anti-Imperial Scene of Writing

(p.69) Chapter Two Mário de Andrade’s Antropofagia and Macunaíma as Anti-Imperial Scene of Writing
Anti-Empire: Decolonial Interventions in Lusophone Literatures

Daniel F. Silva

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Mário’s own deployment of the cannibal allegory his novel, Macunaíma (1928), and then by offering a rereading of the relationship between a particular chapter of the novel, titled ‘Carta pras Icamiabas’ [‘Letter to the Icamiabas’] and the novel as a whole. This particular part of the novel stands out from the rest for a variety of reasons. Firstly, its prose, utilizing a Renaissance European register of written Portuguese, is markedly different from the rest of the novel’s use of a strategically colloquial speech – one that supposedly reflected the everyday speech of Brazilian non-elites. Equally relevant is the fact that it is the only part of the novel narrated by Macunaíma. The letter comes after he reaches São Paulo following his journey from the Amazon to the industrialized mega-city, and is addressed to the all-woman tribe, Icamiabas, detailing what he finds in São Paulo.

Keywords:   Antropofagia, Brazilian Modernism, Macunaíma, Racial Democracy, Mário de Andrade

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