Cannibal Democracy: Race and Representation in the Literature of the Americas

University of Minnesota Press, 2008

Cannibalism is a metaphor in the prevailing narratives of racial assimilation in the United States, the Caribbean, and Brazil, argues Nunes in her new book.Cannibal Democracy tracks its central metaphor’s circulation through the work of writers such as Mário de Andrade, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Toni Morrison and journalists of the black press, as well as work by visual artists including Magdalena Campos-Pons and Keith Piper.