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Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin
AmericaRace, Nation, and Community During the Liberal Period$
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Nicola Foote and Rene D. Harder Horst

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034874

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034874.001.0001

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Illustrating Race and Nation in the Paraguayan War Era

Illustrating Race and Nation in the Paraguayan War Era

Exploring the Decline of the Tupi Guarani Warrior as the Embodiment of Brazil

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(p.175) 8 Illustrating Race and Nation in the Paraguayan War Era
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Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America
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Peter M. Beattie

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813034874.003.0009

While serious attempts to deal with Brazil's national and racial myths of origin and destiny have inspired scholarly interest, less attention has been paid to humorists who exploited anxieties over them. This chapter examines this conundrum through heroic and humoristic representations of “race” and nation. Many of these depictions may seem offensive, however, the text does should not be seen as promoting racist humor under the cover of scholarship; rather, it is asserted that humor and the heroic are interconnected battlefields in which the memory of traumatic events are shaped, challenged, and recast. In Brazil, scholars have focused on the parodies of Carnival, portraying them as a form of popular criticism or resistance to powerful actors and forces in society.

Keywords:   race and nation, humor, battlefield, traumatic memories, Brazil, Paraguayan War, racial identity

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