Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Christopher Dunn Wins Roberto Reis Best Book Award

March 28th, 2018

Professor Christopher Dunn is co-winner of the Roberto Reis Best Book Award for his publication: Contracultura: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Alternative Brazil. The Roberto Reis Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA) Book Award recognizes the two best books in Brazilian Studies published in English that contribute significantly to promoting an understanding of Brazil. The award honors Roberto Reis, one of the founders of BRASA, who was committed to developing Brazilian Studies in the United States. To learn more about Counterculture: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Alternative Brazil, read below.

Professor Dunn is an instrumental member of the Spanish & Portuguese Department at Tulane University. He is also a world-renowned academic of Brazilian studies, including music. He is currently at work on a new book project about Brazilian musician Tom Zé. Congratulations Professor Dunn, the Stone Center is lucky to have you!

Counterculture: Alternative Arts and Social Transformation in Alternative Brazil
Dunn’s history of authoritarian Brazil exposes the inventive cultural production and intense social transformations that emerged during the rule of an iron-fisted military regime during the sixties and seventies. The Brazilian contracultura was a complex and multifaceted phenomenon that developed alongside the ascent of hardline forces within the regime in the late 1960s. Focusing on urban, middle-class Brazilians often inspired by the international counterculture that flourished in the United States and parts of western Europe, Dunn shows how new understandings of race, gender, sexuality, and citizenship erupted under even the most oppressive political conditions.

Dunn reveals previously ignored connections between the counterculture and Brazilian music, literature, film, visual arts, and alternative journalism. In chronicling desbunde, the Brazilian hippie movement, he shows how the state of Bahia, renowned for its Afro-Brazilian culture, emerged as a countercultural mecca for youth in search of spiritual alternatives. As this critical and expansive book demonstrates, many of the country’s social and justice movements have their origins in the countercultural attitudes, practices, and sensibilities that flourished during the military dictatorship.

Brazil + People
Ana M. López
Director - Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute, Professor - Communication, Associate Provost - Office of Academic Affairs