Re-reading Cecilia Valdes and Tereza Batista, cansade de guerra
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In this thesis, the traditional Bildungsroman novel is re-conceptualized in order to consider Cecilia Valdés by Cirilo Villaverde and Tereza Batista, cansada de guerra by Jorge Amado, two Latin American novels which portray the lives of two mulatta women of Cuba and Brazil. The thesis will focus primarily on whether or not, we as readers of Latin American fiction can look to find novels, such as these, as representative of the development of a mulatta character of Latin America. Also considering Cirilo Villaverde and Jorge Amado, the reader will be able to explore the successes and failures of a white male author to create a developing bildung character.