Hibridismos (in)domáveis

Possíveis contribuições da obra de Gilberto Freyre para uma teoria pós-colonial lusófona

Alfredo Cesar Melo
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The scholarship on Portuguese colonial ideology has created a metonymical chain that links terms such as Gilberto Freyre, hybridity, Luso-Tropicalism and legitimation of Portuguese colonization. The present article seeks to destabilize this metonymical chain, as it analyzes the reception of Freyre’s work in Cape Verde. I argue that it was possible for Cape-Verdean intellectuals to imagine an alternative hybridity in Portuguese-Speaking Africa, inspired by Freyre’s concept of hybridity, but not similar to Luso-Tropicalist theory. Based on emancipatory interpretations of Freyre’s text, Baltasar Lopes and Gabriel Mariano contest views of the public intellectual Gilberto Freyre, thereby engaging in deconstructive practices avant la lettre.

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