States of Grace: Utopia in Brazilian Culture

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 Provides in-depth analyses of key moments in Brazilian utopianism, including theological-political, matriarchal, environmental, and work-free utopias.
States of Grace offers a novel approach to the study of Brazilian culture through the lens of utopianism. Patrícia I. Vieira explores religious and political writings, journalistic texts, sociological studies, and literary works that portray Brazil as a utopian “land of the future,” where dreams of a coming messianic age and of social and political emancipation would come true. The book discusses crucial utopian moments such as the theological-political utopia proposed by Jesuit Priest Antônio Vieira; matriarchal utopias, like the egalitarian society of the Amazons; work-free utopias that abolished the boundaries separating toil and play; and ecological utopias, where humans and nonhumans coexist harmoniously. The uniqueness of the book’s approach lies in rethinking the link between messianic and utopian texts, as well as the alliances forged between progressive religious, socioeconomic, political, and ecological ideas.
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About the author

 Patrícia I. Vieira is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University and Associate Research Professor at the Center for Social Studies of the Universtiy of Coimbra, Portugal. She has written several books, including Seeing Politics Otherwise: Vision in Latin American and Iberian Fiction and Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought (coedited with Michael Marder).

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Apr 1, 2018
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Pages
234
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ISBN
9781438469256
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Language
English
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Literary Criticism / Caribbean & Latin American
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