Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Celso Thomas Castilho – The Black Press and Trans-Atlantic Literary Genres: An Intellectual History of Recife's 'Galeria dos homens ilustres de cor,' ca. 1876

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum

This paper analyzes a rather rare type of newspaper in imperial Brazil—a self-described “Black” periodical—through the lens of intellectual history. Castilho focuses on the "Gallery" that appeared in O Homem, a newspaper in Recife, as a way to think about how such interventions that were about the politics of race and abolition also need to be considered as constitutive of a broader field of trans-Atlantic literary exchange; that the histories of Brazilian slavery and blackness indeed compel us to rethink the terms and forms through which the "illustrious men" genre evolved in the Atlantic world.

Celso Thomas Castilho is Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.

Brazil Initiative