Contributors to Volume 23, No. 1
Luiz Felipe de Alencastro
Professor of Brazilian History and director of the Centre d’Etudes du Brésil et de l’Atlantique Sud at the Sorbonne since 2001, Luiz Felipe de Alencastro has written extensively on Brazilian society and Portuguese colonial history. His recent O trato dos viventes won the Alceu de Amoroso Lima prize in 2000 and the José Ermírio de Morais prize from the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2001.
Paulo Arantes has written several important books on the dialectic, including Hegel: a ordem do tempo and Sentimento da dialética. His more recent work has turned more directly to contemporary political, economic, and social history. His book Extinção was published in 2007.
Iná Camargo Costa
Iná Camargo Costa is a central figure in the São Paulo theater scene. A professor of literary theory at the University of São Paulo, she has translated, among other works, The Adding Machine, by Elmer Rice. Her books on theater include A Hora do teatro épico no Brasil and Sinta o drama.
Milton Ohata received his doctorate in History from the University of São Paulo in 2004. He co-edited, along with Maria Elisa Cevasco, the volume Um crítico na periferia do capitalismo: reflexões sobre a obra de Roberto Schwarz. He is a frequent contributor to Le monde diplomatique – Brasil and editor of the journal Cultura e Pensamento.
Francisco de Oliveira
One of the founders of Brazil’s Workers’ Party, Francisco de Oliveira publicly broke with the party in 2003. Director of the Center for the Study of the Rights of Citizenship at the University of São Paulo, his books on the impact of economic and political issues on Brazilian working-class life include O elo perdido: Classe e identidade de classe na Bahia. His recent Crítica à razão dualista / O Ornitorrinco juxtaposes his 1972 text on developmentalism with new work on the current, platypus-like assemblage that the Brazilian economic and social structure has become.
The author of a dozen influential books, Roberto Schwarz is considered by many to be Brazil’s foremost literary critic, and is one of the most significant Marxist critics writing today. His works available in English include A Master on the Periphery of Capitalism and Misplaced Ideas, as well as dozens of essays.