Thomas Hallock, Ph.D.
Julie Armstrong, Ph.D.
Lisa Starks, Ph. D.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
March 6, 2019
The works of Phillis Wheatley and Carolina Maria de Jesus are compared using the concept of jeitinho, a Portuguese word for a little way The creative and crafty method of jeitinho is identified in both writers’ work and gives a lens to see a different level of engagement in criticism. Both writers have been criticized for their lack of social commentary, but the introduction of jeitinho shows their subtle, yet clear assessment of their society. By re-evaluating the contributions made by each author, it is possible to reclaim their relevance as authors.
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Toms, Tami L., "Phillis Wheatley and Carolina Maria de Jesus: Unexpected Voices of Revolutionary Times" (2019). USFSP Master's Theses (Graduate). 177.