6267 - "The aftermath of abolition: Distortions of the Historical Record in Machado de Assis¿ Counselor Aires' Memorial"

This paper explores the representation of the abolition of slavery in Counselor Aires' Memorial by the great Brazilian novelist Machado de Assis. The story is set in 1888 and 1889, in the few months that led from the abolition of slavery to the fall of the Empire. Yet the novel refers only in passing to these historical upheavals. Instead, it brings the focus to fall on the happy love story that brings together an attractive young planter's daughter and the son of a wealthy coffee merchant. This paper argues that, if we trace the brief references to former slaves in the text of the novel, we find that Machado systematically and ironically explores what horizons abolition might or might not have opened for them.

Palabras claves: Brazil, abolition, Machado de Assis

Autores: Luiza, Moreira (Binghamton University, Ud States of Am / USA)


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