By reading Clarice Lispector's work of whiteness through concepts developed by Bessie Head and Toni Morrison, the author deals with the ways in which Lispector's texts raise questions concerning the relation of Brazil's African ethnic component to notions of what constitutes the Brazilian nation.
Introduction: Clarice Lispector, Subjectivity and the National Part I 1. A Question of Power: Unspeakable Miscegenation 2. Haunting in Toni Morrison's Beloved Part II 3. Welcoming the Ghost: Haunting in a paixao segundo G.H. 4. Whiteness and the Construction of Subjectivity in O lustre 5. Modernization and the Phantasmagoria of Commodities in A cidade sitiada 6. Whiteness and Masculinity in a maca no escuro 7. Racism and the Performance of Whiteness in A hora da estrela 8. Conclusion