Chica Da Silva A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century

ISBN-10: 052171155X

ISBN-13: 9780521711555

Edition: 2008

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Description: Jnia 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 from the Costa da Mina and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her freedom using social and matrimonial strategies. But the story of Chica da Silva 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 a woman's agency, 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.

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 358
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Junia Furtado holds a Ph.D. in Social History from the Universidade de S�o Paulo, Brazil. She is currently a professor of history at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Her work on Chica da Silva has won awards from the Carlos Chagas Foundation for Women and Gender Research and the Ford Foundation. She has also contributed articles to Cartografia da conquista das minas and History of Cartography, volume 4. The Portuguese language edition of this book was awarded Honorable Mention in 2004 by the Casa de las Am�ricas foundation of Cuba.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction to the English Edition
Land of Stars
The Diamantine Demarcation
The Village of Tejuco
Chica da Silva
Slave, Mulatta
Ancestry
The Diamond Contractors
The Old Sergeant Major
The Young Chief Judge
Black Diamond
Profane Love
Donna Francisca
The Lady of Tejuco
The House and the Street
Slave Ownership
Life in the Village
Social Networks
Brotherhoods
Mines of Splendor
The Patron
Macaubas
Separation
The House in Lapa
The Diamond Contract
Disputes
The Grijo Estate
The Marian Era
Destinies
The Donna of Serro do Frio
Descendants
Chica-que-manda
Historical Memory
Spreading the Myth
Abbreviations
Suggested Reading
Index
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