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literally devour an enemy perceived to be superior as a means of taking possession of his strength, enabling them to then face up to him as a confident opponent on an equal footing.30 Cannibalism serves here, as Robert Stam has observed, as a metaphor for “a carnivalized response to cultural colonialism:”31 “The special relevance of Bakhtin’s notion of the carniva- lesque for Brazil goes beyond literary analysis and production, however, for in Brazil the idea of carnival has formed an integral part of the very ‘theorization’ of national identity and culture.”32 De