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Immaterial Transcendences

Colonial Subjectivity as Process in Brazil's "Letter</I> of Discovery (1500)

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Constance G. Janiga-Perkins

Brazil’s Letter of discovery, Carta a El Rei D. Manuel (1500) by Pero Vaz de Caminha, continues to merit critical analysis. This book considers the Carta as a journey beyond the boundaries of conventional consciousness into a jungle or outback. Immaterial Transcendences details how the writing in the Carta carries on the process of colonial subjectivity by examining the function of stutters in the discourse. Lifting the masks of whiteness and Amerindianness (Otherness) in the text, it traces the agony of presence and active resistance of the Other as process (Othering), giving critical consideration of the Carta a completely new focus.