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In Stigma: Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity, the sociologist Erving Goffman (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1963) discusses the relationship between individuals who possess a social stigma and the "normals" (8). Reginald Daniel's new book, Machado de Assis: Multiracial Identity and the Brazilian Novelist, discusses the stigmatized identity of the most celebrated Brazilian novelist as perceived in his literary work. Machado's biography is traced, his work commented on, and we are offered a picture of the Brazilian mulatto writer as a way to understand the inclusion, or lack thereof, of race relations and black identification in his writings.
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Reginald G. Daniel, Machado de Assis, race in literature, identity, stigma, Mércia Santana Flannery
Flannery, M. (2014). Machado de Assis: Multiracial Identity and the Brazilian Novelist by G. Reginald Daniel (Review). Hispanic Review, 82 (1), 116-119. http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hir.2014.0008
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Date Posted: 26 April 2016
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