Hispano-skepticism, Classical Liberalism, and Popular Historiography On Guia Politicamente Incorreto da América Latina. Leandro Narloch and Duda Teixeira

  • Robert Patrick Newcomb University of California, Davis


In a brief, scathing review published on August 30, 2011 in the Folha de São Paulo, Sylvia Colombo wrote that Leandro Narloch and Duda Teixeira’s recent Guia Politicamente Incorreto da América Latina, “coloca agora mais um tijolinho no muro de ignorância e soberbia que separa o Brasil do resto do continente,” before summarily judging the book “horrible” (ruim). Colombo’s dismissal of the Guia, though uncharitable, is comprehensible. Narloch and Teixeira’s book follows Narloch’s Guia Politicamente Incorreto da História do Brasil (2009), an exercise in deliberately provocative revisionist history that, though a popular success, angered academic historians and political leftists with its heretical interpretations of the national past—in which, for example, Brazil’s indigenous communities benefited from colonization through exposure to the edifying force of global trade.

Author Biography

Robert Patrick Newcomb, University of California, Davis
Associate Professor Robert Patrick Newcomb (Ph.D., Brown University) teaches Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic/Latin American literature at UC Davis. He is co-director of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese's undergraduate program in Portuguese language. He is also founder and co-director of the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group.
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