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Indianism (in Portuguese: Indianismo) is a Brazilian literary and artistic movement that reached its peak during the first phase of Romanticism, though it had been present in Brazilian literature since the Baroque period.
After the independence of Brazil from Portugal in 1822, a heavy nationalism spread through the Brazilian people. Inspired by this, poets and writers began to search for an entity that could represent and personify the newly created Brazilian nation.
Since there was no Middle Ages in Brazil, it could not be the knight, as in the European chivalric romances; it could not be the Portuguese man either, since Brazilians still held resentment for the years of colonization; it could not be the black man either, since the mentality of the time did not allow it. Influenced by Enlightenment ideals, especially works by Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the "noble savage" myth, the authors chose the Brazilian Indian to represent the new nation.
- José de Anchieta (1534-1597)
- José de Alencar: novels O Guarani, Iracema and Ubirajara (1829-1877)
- Gonçalves Dias: epic poems I-Juca-Pirama and Os Timbiras, and poetry books Primeiros Cantos, Segundos Cantos and Últimos Cantos (1823-1864)
- Gonçalves de Magalhães: epic poem A Confederação dos Tamoios (1811-1882)
- GRIZOSTE, Weberson Fernandes, A dimensão anti-épica de Virgílio e o Indianismo de Gonçalves Dias, Coimbra, CECH,2011.