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date: 23 May 2017

Visions of the Nation in Imperial Brazil: Arts and Celebrations

This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Latin American History. Please check back later for the full article.

This article presents diverse visions of the nation during Brazil’s Imperial period. These perspectives are manifested in a variety of cultural and intellectual occurrences: in the work of 19th-century historians who established long-lasting interpretations of Brazilian history; in the images of artists who were dedicated to portraying the monarchy, significant historical events, and the diversity of Brazilian social life; in the civil and religious festivals that placed a special emphasis on music and the participation of all people (women, men, slaves, the rich, and the poor); and in the writings of authors who cast their gaze upon the universe around them.