Review Essay Bosi, Alfredo. Colony, Cult and Culture. Ed. Pedro Meira Monteiro. Trans. Robert Newcomb. Dartmouth: University of Massachussets Press, 2008. 115 pp. The publication of Colony, Cult and Culture comes in a very auspicious moment for Brazilian literary criticism. Alfredo Bosi's book joins the good company of On Literature and Society by Antonio Candido, A Master on The Periphery of Capitalism by Roberto Schwarz and The Space In-Between by Silviano Santiago, all of them recently translated into English. All these translations evidence the growing participation of Brazilian cultural criticism in the international debate on literary and cultural theory. It is widely known, for instance, that the postcolonial theory is mostly centered on the Anglophone experience. Books such as Colony, Cult and Culture help the theoretical discussion become less asymmetric, incorporating other frames of reference and enriching the existing analytical categories. Colony, Cult and Culture is a translation of the introduction of Dialética da Colonização, originally published in 1992. In this text, it is possible to see all of Bosi's strengths as a cultural critic, as he draws many skills from different fields of knowledge to critique the dilemmas and aporias of Brazilian colonization. Throughout his analysis, Bosi
Luso-Brazilian Review – University of Wisconsin Press
Published: Jan 28, 2010
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