USF St. Petersburg campus Master's Theses (Graduate)


Tami L. Toms

First Advisor

Thomas Hallock, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Julie Armstrong, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Lisa Starks, Ph. D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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Date Available


Publication Date


Date Issued

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.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Liberal Arts College of Arts and Sciences University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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