by Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta and Eduardo F. Coutinho, Editors
December 2015, 414pp, 7x10
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-257-1
$108, £84, 94€, A148
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Brazil will host the 2016 Summer Olympics—the first ever held in South America.

Ideal for high school and undergraduate students, this one-stop reference explores everything that makes up modern Brazil, including its geography, politics, pop culture, social media, daily life, and much more.

Home to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games—and one of the world’s fastest-growing economies—Brazil is quickly becoming a prominent player on the international stage. This book captures the essence of the nation and its people in a unique, topically organized volume. Narrative chapters written by expert contributors examine geography, history, government and politics, economics, society, culture, and contemporary issues, making Brazil an ideal one-stop reference for high school and undergraduate students.

Coverage on religion, ethnicity, marriage and sexuality, education, literature and drama, art and architecture, music and dance, food, leisure and sport, and media provides a comprehensive look at this giant South American country—the largest nation in Latin America as well as the fifth largest nation in the world. Students will be engaged by up-to-the-minute coverage of topics such as daily life, social media, and pop culture in Brazil. Sidebars and photos highlight interesting facts and people, while a glossary, a chart of holidays, and an annotated bibliography round out the work.


  • Provides a one-stop reference for students of geography, world cultures, anthropology, social studies, current events, and Latin American studies
  • Differs from other works in that it combines coverage of the geography, history, politics, and economy of Brazil with entries on society, culture, and contemporary issues
  • Includes a Facts and Figures section and Holidays chart that provides readers with a quick overview of Brazil
  • Covers hot, new topics such as social media, Internet use, and consumer culture
Antonio Luciano de Andrade Tosta, PhD, is assistant professor of Brazilian literature and culture at the University of Kansas. He has published widely on Brazilian and Brazilian-American literature and film in the United States, Canada, and Brazil. Tosta coedited Luso-American Literature: Writings by Portuguese-Speaking Authors in North America and his manuscript Confluence Narratives: Ethnicity, History, and Nation Making in the Americas is currently under review by a U.S. university press. He received his doctorate from Brown University.

Eduardo F. Coutinho, PhD, is professor of comparative literature at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has been a visiting professor at several universities both in Latin America and abroad, including the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign). His publications include The "Synthesis" Novel in Latin America: A Study on João Guimarães Rosa's Grande sertao: veredas; Em busca da terceira margem; Literatura Comparada: textos fundadores, ed. with T. Carvalhal; Cânones e contextos, ed. (3 volumes); Literatura Comparada na América Latina; Beyond Binarisms, ed. (3 volumes); and Literatura Comparada: reflexões. He received his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley.


"Overall, a useful and handy guide. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates; general readers."—Choice, October 3, 2016

Top Community College Resource, September 2016—Choice, September 29, 2016

"This work provides insightful background on a complex, emerging nation."—Library Journal, June 1, 2016
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