"...impressive, definitive study..." -Choice
"In Chica da Silva, Júnia Ferreira Furtado offers a compelling account of the life and world of Francisca da Silva de Oliveira." -Mariana L. R. Dantas, Journal of Social History
"excellent book...moves beyond the myths to uncover ther real Chica." -Katherine Holt, Journal of World History
Furtado's study of Chica da Silva provides a historical perspective on a woman's agency, her cultural universe , and the myths that were created around her in subsequent centuries, which made her a symbol of both racial democracy and licentiousness and sensuality often attributed to the Brazillian black or mulatta female.