The geopolitics of Amazônia in Souza's fiction

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

2 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

In his article "The Geopolitics of Amazônia in Souza's Fiction" Thomas O. Beebee examines the ways in which the historical fiction of Brazilian author Márcio Souza (1946-) confronts prevailing notions of Brazilianness conceived as the unity of citizens within a fixed territorial space. Souza undermines this notion by frequently using non-Brazilians as protagonists of his novels that have as their theme the struggle over control of territory "within" Brazil. Beebee reviews the role played by the concept of national territorial control in theories of nationalism and the modern state, including in the Brazilian school of geopolitics developed by Eduardo Backheuser and Golbery do Couto e Silva. National territorial control has been an issue in Brazilian history owing to the country's expansionist tendencies. Beebee examines a range of Souza's fiction - from the early Galvez, Imperador do Acre (1976) through the popular Mad Maria (1986) to the Grão-Pará tetralogy (1997-2008) - that challenges the foundations of Brazilian geopolitics by detailing how the country's Amazon region has been both a colony of the southern and northeastern regions of the country and a free zone for international capitalism and capitalists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
JournalCLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Fingerprint

geopolitics
Amazon region
nationalism
capitalist society
Brazil
citizen
history
school
Fiction
Geopolitics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory

Cite this

@article{b5f8696ec52d4b3f9a0d4e5d73e7b7a1,
title = "The geopolitics of Amaz{\^o}nia in Souza's fiction",
abstract = "In his article {"}The Geopolitics of Amaz{\^o}nia in Souza's Fiction{"} Thomas O. Beebee examines the ways in which the historical fiction of Brazilian author M{\'a}rcio Souza (1946-) confronts prevailing notions of Brazilianness conceived as the unity of citizens within a fixed territorial space. Souza undermines this notion by frequently using non-Brazilians as protagonists of his novels that have as their theme the struggle over control of territory {"}within{"} Brazil. Beebee reviews the role played by the concept of national territorial control in theories of nationalism and the modern state, including in the Brazilian school of geopolitics developed by Eduardo Backheuser and Golbery do Couto e Silva. National territorial control has been an issue in Brazilian history owing to the country's expansionist tendencies. Beebee examines a range of Souza's fiction - from the early Galvez, Imperador do Acre (1976) through the popular Mad Maria (1986) to the Gr{\~a}o-Par{\'a} tetralogy (1997-2008) - that challenges the foundations of Brazilian geopolitics by detailing how the country's Amazon region has been both a colony of the southern and northeastern regions of the country and a free zone for international capitalism and capitalists.",
author = "Beebee, {Thomas Oliver}",
year = "2009",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.7771/1481-4374.1489",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "11",
journal = "CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture",
issn = "1481-4374",
publisher = "Purdue University Press",
number = "3",

}

The geopolitics of Amazônia in Souza's fiction. / Beebee, Thomas Oliver.

In: CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture, Vol. 11, No. 3, 4, 01.01.2009.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

TY - JOUR

T1 - The geopolitics of Amazônia in Souza's fiction

AU - Beebee, Thomas Oliver

PY - 2009/1/1

Y1 - 2009/1/1

N2 - In his article "The Geopolitics of Amazônia in Souza's Fiction" Thomas O. Beebee examines the ways in which the historical fiction of Brazilian author Márcio Souza (1946-) confronts prevailing notions of Brazilianness conceived as the unity of citizens within a fixed territorial space. Souza undermines this notion by frequently using non-Brazilians as protagonists of his novels that have as their theme the struggle over control of territory "within" Brazil. Beebee reviews the role played by the concept of national territorial control in theories of nationalism and the modern state, including in the Brazilian school of geopolitics developed by Eduardo Backheuser and Golbery do Couto e Silva. National territorial control has been an issue in Brazilian history owing to the country's expansionist tendencies. Beebee examines a range of Souza's fiction - from the early Galvez, Imperador do Acre (1976) through the popular Mad Maria (1986) to the Grão-Pará tetralogy (1997-2008) - that challenges the foundations of Brazilian geopolitics by detailing how the country's Amazon region has been both a colony of the southern and northeastern regions of the country and a free zone for international capitalism and capitalists.

AB - In his article "The Geopolitics of Amazônia in Souza's Fiction" Thomas O. Beebee examines the ways in which the historical fiction of Brazilian author Márcio Souza (1946-) confronts prevailing notions of Brazilianness conceived as the unity of citizens within a fixed territorial space. Souza undermines this notion by frequently using non-Brazilians as protagonists of his novels that have as their theme the struggle over control of territory "within" Brazil. Beebee reviews the role played by the concept of national territorial control in theories of nationalism and the modern state, including in the Brazilian school of geopolitics developed by Eduardo Backheuser and Golbery do Couto e Silva. National territorial control has been an issue in Brazilian history owing to the country's expansionist tendencies. Beebee examines a range of Souza's fiction - from the early Galvez, Imperador do Acre (1976) through the popular Mad Maria (1986) to the Grão-Pará tetralogy (1997-2008) - that challenges the foundations of Brazilian geopolitics by detailing how the country's Amazon region has been both a colony of the southern and northeastern regions of the country and a free zone for international capitalism and capitalists.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=70349375997&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=70349375997&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.7771/1481-4374.1489

DO - 10.7771/1481-4374.1489

M3 - Review article

VL - 11

JO - CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture

JF - CLCWeb - Comparative Literature and Culture

SN - 1481-4374

IS - 3

M1 - 4

ER -