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Brazil: Women's History

(see also Brazil, Brazil: Military Regime, Brazil: Black History, Brazil since 1985 & Brazil: Lula & Workers' Party)

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

In the Library: Articles

Aguiar, Neuma. "The impact of industrialization on women's work roles in Northeast Brazil," in J. Nash & H. Safá (eds.) Sex & Class in Latin America (South Hadley MA: South End, 1989), pp. 110-28.

Batista, Maria das Dores Gomes. "My life," in R.M. Levine & J.J. Crocitti (eds.) The Brazilian Reader (Durham NC: Duke, 1999), pp. 327-30.

Besse, Susan K. "Pagu: Patricia Galvão, rebel," in W. Beezley & J. Ewell (eds.) The Human Tradition in Latin America: 20th C. (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1987), pp. 103-17.

__________. "Crimes of passion: the campaign against wife killing in Brazil, 1910-1940," Journal of Social History 22,4 (1989):653-66.

Caldeira, Teresa Pires de Rio. "Women: daily life & politics," in E. Jelin (ed.) Women & Social Change in Latin America (London, 1990), pp. 47-78. São Paulo.

Ferreira, Maria Geralda. "A healer's story," in R.M. Levine & J.J. Crocitti (eds.) The Brazilian Reader (Durham NC: Duke, 1999), pp. 331-33.

Hahner, June E. "Feminism, women's rights & the suffrage movement in Brazil," Latin American Research Review 15,1 (1980):65-112.

__________. "'Women's place' in politics & economics in Brazil since 1964," Luso-Brazilian Review 19,1 (1982):83-91.

Levine, Robert M. "The cautionary tale of Carolina Maria de Jesus," Latin American Research Review 29,1 (1994):55-83.

__________. "Carolina Maria de Jesus: from ragpicker to best-selling author & back again," in P. Beattie (ed.) The Human Tradition in Modern Brazil (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 2004), pp. 231-48.

Meznar, Joan E. "Carlota Lucia de Brito: women, power & politics in Northeast Brazil," in J. Ewell & W. Beezley (eds.) The Human Tradition in Latin America: 19th C. (Wilmington DE: Scholarly Resources, 1989), pp. 103-13.

Raphael, Alison. "Sonia, a middle-class woman," in R.M. Levine & J.J. Crocitti (eds.) The Brazilian Reader (Durham NC: Duke, 1999), pp. 334-36.

Sarti, Cynthia. "The panorama of Brazilian feminism," New Left Review 173 (1-2/89):75-90.

Weinstein, Barbara. "From unskilled worker to skilled housewife: remaking the working class in São Paulo, Brazil," in J. French & D. James (eds.) The Politics of Working Class Womanhood: New Approaches to the Study of Latin American Workers (Durham NC: Duke, 1996).

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Benjamin, Medea & Maisa Mendonça (eds.) Benedita da Silva: An Afro-Brazilian Woman's Story of Politics & Love (San Francisco, 1997).

Bittencourt, Luciana Aguiar. Spinning Lives (Lanham MD: U. Press of America, 1995). Photographic study of women's lives & textiles in Rio Jequitinhonha valley of Minas Gerais.

Blachman, Morris J. Eve in an Adamocracy: Women & Politics in Brazil (NY:NYU Ibero-American
Language & Area Center, 1973).

Besse, Susan K. Restructuring Patriarchy: The Modernization of Gender Inequality in Brazil, 1914-1940 (Chapel Hill: U. of North Carolina, 1996).

Caipora Women's Group. Women in Brazil (London: Latin America Bureau, 1993).

Caulfield, Sueann. In Defense of Honor: Sexual Morality, Modernity & Nation in Early 20th-C. Brazil (Durham NC: Duke, 2000).

Dias, Maria Odila Silva. Power & Everyday Life: the Livews of Working Women in 19th-C. Brazil (Quotidiano e poder em São Paulo no seculo XIX: Ana Gertrudes de Jesus) [1984] (trans. Ann Frost; New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1995).

Gay, Robert. Lucia: Testimonies of a Brazilian Drug Dealer's Woman (Philadelphia: Temple, 2005).

Hahner, June E. Emancipating the Female Sex: The Struggle for Women's Rights in Brazil, 1850-1940 (Durham NC: Duke, 1990).

Jesus, Carolina María de. Child of the Dark (Quarto de despejo) [1960] (trans. David St. Clair; NY, 1962). Autobiography of a São Paulo ragpicker which brought her enormous celebrity in 1960s.

__________. Diário de Bitita (Rio de Janeiro, 1986).

Levine, Robert M. & José Carlos Sebe Bom Meihy. The Life & Death of Carolina Maria de Jesus (Albuquerque: U. of New Mexico, 1995).

__________ & Jos´Carlos Sebe Bom Meihy (eds.) The Unedited Papers of Carolina Maria de Jesus (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1999).

Morais, Fernando. Olga: Revolutionary & Martyr [1985] (NY: Grove, 1990).

Olivera, Cícera Fernandes de & Danela Prado. Cícera, um destino de mulher: autobiografía duma emigrante nordestina, operária textil (São Paulo, 1981).

Patai, Daphne. Brazilian Women Speak: Contemporary Life Stories (New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers, 1988).

Saffiotti, Heleieth. Women in Class Society (NY: Monthly Review, 1978).

Suplicy, Martha. De Mariazinha a Maria (Petrópolis: Vozes, 1986).

Wolfe, Joel. Working Women, Working Men: São Paulo & the Rise of Brazil's Industrial Working Class, 1900-1955 (Durham NC: Duke, 1993).

In the Library: Fiction

In the Library: For Young Readers

In the Library: Poetry

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Bittencourt, Luciana Aguiar. Spinning Lives (Lanham MD, 1995). Women & textile work in the Jequitinhonha Valley of Minas Gerais.

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"The Hour of the Star (A hora da estrela)" [1985], dir. Susana Amaral, 96m.

"Nasci Mulher Negra" [200?], dir. Kit Miller, 56m. Story of Benedita da Silva, Brazil's Minister of Public Welfare.

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