"Chico Bento": Linguistic Marking and National Identity in Brazilian Comics

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112131
Title:
"Chico Bento": Linguistic Marking and National Identity in Brazilian Comics
Author:
Manthei, Jennifer J.
Citation:
Arizona Anthropologist 11:127-138. © 1994 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719
Publisher:
University of Arizona, Department of Anthropology
Journal:
Arizona Anthropologist
Issue Date:
1994
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/112131
Abstract:
The main character of the popular Brazilian comic book Chico Bento is a country boy whose speech is depicted in an eye dialect of caipira, a rural dialect centered in the interior of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, states in Southeastern Brazil. The author highlights Chico's speech in order to describe social difference and relations resulting from widespread rural-urban migration. This linguistic marking is essential to the location of caipira culture in Brazilian national identity. The caipira is portrayed as a source of nostalgia, representing a common, rural past, and as such serves as a resource for nation building; however, caipiras are also depicted as an obstacle to modernity in contemporary Brazilian society.
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
ISSN:
1062-1601

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorManthei, Jennifer J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-30T15:50:38Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-30T15:50:38Z-
dc.date.issued1994-
dc.identifier.citationArizona Anthropologist 11:127-138. © 1994 Association of Student Anthropologists, Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85719en_US
dc.identifier.issn1062-1601-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/112131-
dc.description.abstractThe main character of the popular Brazilian comic book Chico Bento is a country boy whose speech is depicted in an eye dialect of caipira, a rural dialect centered in the interior of São Paulo and Minas Gerais, states in Southeastern Brazil. The author highlights Chico's speech in order to describe social difference and relations resulting from widespread rural-urban migration. This linguistic marking is essential to the location of caipira culture in Brazilian national identity. The caipira is portrayed as a source of nostalgia, representing a common, rural past, and as such serves as a resource for nation building; however, caipiras are also depicted as an obstacle to modernity in contemporary Brazilian society.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Arizona, Department of Anthropologyen_US
dc.title"Chico Bento": Linguistic Marking and National Identity in Brazilian Comicsen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalArizona Anthropologisten_US
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