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Finally . . . Us: Contemporary Black Brazilian Women Writers

Miriam Alves, editor and translated by Carolyn Richardson Durham
ISBN: 978-0-89410-789-4
ISBN: 978-0-89410-790-0
1995/258 pages


This is the first time that the literary works of contemporary Afro-Brazilian women have been compiled presenting a comprehensive vision of what it means to be both black and female in Brazil.

Though the canon of Brazilian literature is rich in Afro-Brazilian female characters, until recently it has included only a handful of Afro-Brazilian women writers, sprinkled across the centuries. The authors collected in this anthology emerged during a veritable explosion of expression, enhanced by the conjunction of a series of political and social changes.


Miriam Alves is author of two volumes of poetry, Momentos de Busca and Estrelas no dedo,, as well as a play, Terramar. Her work also appears in numerous collections of poetry and critical essays. She is employed as a social worker. Carolyn Richardson Durham is chairperson of the department of foreign languages at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, NC.