Tropical orientalism: Brazil’s race debates and the Sephardi-Moorish Atlantic

Ella Shohat, Robert Stam

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Shohat and Stam put forward the idea of a Tropical Orientalism in Brazil. They interpret the contemporary Brazilian imaginary of the Orient against the backdrop of a Moorish-Sephardi unconscious, thus highlighting not only the positive cross-Atlantic historical, discursive, and cultural links between "the Orient" and "the Occident," but also the anxieties that such links provoked.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Middle East and Brazil
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives on the New Global South
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)9780253014962
ISBN (Print)9780253012272
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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