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LOPEZ, Nicolás Barbosa. The Exiled Insider: The Ambivalent Reception of Maria Graham’s Journal of a Voyage to Brazil (1824). e-JPH [online]. 2018, vol.16, n.1, pp.62-74. ISSN 1645-6432.

Maria Graham (Liverpool, 1785 - London, 1842) was one of the few female writers whose travel writings were published in Europe with relative success among the public. This article will focus on two aspects of her Journal of a Voyage to Brazil, published in England in 1824 after Graham lived twice in Brazil during its independence process: first, the way the diary reflects many of the paradoxes, contradictions, and multifaceted perspectives of the life and work of Maria Graham; and, second, the equally paradoxical reception of European critics. Ultimately, this text intends to analyze how the ambivalent reception mirrors a type of rhetoric that, in order to survive and avoid censorship in view of the difficult political context, relies precisely on ambivalence.

Keywords : Maria Graham; Travel Writing; Brazil; Longman; England; Female Writing; Dom Pedro; independence; slavery.

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