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Chica da Silva
A Brazilian Slave of the Eighteenth Century


Part of New Approaches to the Americas

  • Date Published: January 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521711555

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  • Júnia 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 and a Brazilian military nobleman of Portuguese descent, Chica da Silva won her freedom using social and matrimonial strategies. But her story 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 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.

    • Explores issues of slavery, racial distinction, gender, social mobility, and local colonial policy
    • Draws on a wide range of sources, including major archives in Brazil and Portugal, as well as literature on the colonial period in Portuguese and English
    • For scholars in Atlantic history, African diaspora, slavery, gender, and Latin American history
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521711555
    • length: 358 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Land of stars
    2. Chica da Silva
    3. The diamond contractors
    4. Black diamond
    5. The lady of Tejuco
    6. Life in the village
    7. Mines of splendour
    8. Separation
    9. Disputes
    10. Destinies
    11. Chica the boss.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Gender & Sexuality in Latin America
    • Gender in Latin America and the Iberian World
    • Introduction to Latin American History
    • Slavery in Brazil
    • Survey of Global History
    • Survey of Latin American 2
  • Author

    Júnia Ferreira Furtado, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
    Junia Furtado holds a Ph.D. in Social History from the Universidade de São 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 Américas foundation of Cuba.

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