Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas

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Zita Nunes argues that the prevailing narratives of identity formation throughout the Americas share a dependence on metaphors of incorporation and, often, of cannibalism. From the position of the incorporating body, the construction of a national and racial identity through a process of assimilation presupposes a remainder, a residue. Nunes addresses works by writers and artists who explore what is left behind in the formation of national identities and speak to the limits of the contemporary discourse of democracy. ...

Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas 2008, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816648412

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Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas 2008, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816648405

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