A Tropical Belle Epoque: Elite Culture and Society in Turn-of-the-century Rio De Janeiro (Cambridge Latin American Studies v. 62)
By: Jeffrey D. Needell (author)Paperback
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This book, originally published in 1987, is a socio-cultural analysis of a tropical belle epoque: Rio de Janeiro between 1898 and 1914. It relates how the city's elite evolved from the semi-rural, slave-owning patriarchy of the coffee-port seat of a monarchy into an urbane, professional, rentier upper crust dominating the centre of a 'modernising' oligarchical republic. It explores such varied topics as architecture, literature, prostitution, urban reform, the family, secondary schools, and the salon. It evokes a milieu increasingly marked by Europe, demonstrating how French and English culture permeated the lives of elite members who adapted it to their needs and perspectives as a dominant stratum of relatively recent and varied origin. This exploration of cultural 'dependency' in a unique, cosmopolitan, fin-de-siecle urban culture will also interest those concerned with the broader questions of culture and colonialism during the high tide of European imperialism.
List of illustrations; List of maps and figures; Preface; Acknowledgements; A note on Brazilian Portuguese orthography and usage; 1. Rio de Janeiro: capital of the Brazilian nineteenth century; 2. Formal institutions of the elite; 3. The salon and the emergence of high society; 4. Domestic institutions of the elite; 5. The rise of consumer fetishism; 6. The literary belle epoque in Rio: the end of the Brazilian nineteenth century; Conclusion; Appendix: defining the elite; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
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