The Portuguese in the Americas Series aims to contribute to the growing field of Portuguese-American Studies. The Series documents the variety and complexity of the Portuguese-American experience by publishing works in the social sciences, history and literature.
Representations of the Portuguese in American Literature
University of Massachusetts Press
Representations of the Portuguese in American Literature
Reinaldo Silva

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth

2008 . 228 pp. 6 x 9"
Sociology / Literary Criticism - American / Anthropology

$19.95 Paperback, 978-1-933227-18-4


Characterized as “the silent minority,” the Portuguese have had a varied and checkered presence in American literature.Representations of the Portuguese in American Literature materially enhances our understanding of a field that until now only a handful of readers had noticed. Ranging from considerations of nineteenth— and twentieth—century canonical writers such as Hawthorne, Melville, Mark Twain, Jack London, and Edith Wharton, to present-day Portuguese-Americans such as Julian Silva, Frank X. Gaspar, Katherine Vaz, and Charles Reis Felix, Reinaldo Silva applies recent theories of ethnicity and race to examine cultural and historical realities as well as authorial intentions, both conscious and unconscious. In so doing, he provides students of Portuguese-American culture and history valuable guidance toward a more comprehensive understanding of the place the Portuguese have occupied in American literature.

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