The aim of this paper is to analyze part of Jorge Amado's novels that were published in the 1930's in the context of the debates about race in which the author took part. Three books are the center of this analysis, namely Jubiabá (1935), Mar Morto (1936) and Capitães de Areia (1937). It focuses on the possible articulations between the notions of race, class and gender in these books, from two different points of view. On one hand, it studies these books paying attention to what Jorge Amado himself considered a "proletarian novel" - for this was one of his main concerns when writing his literature. On the other hand, it examines how the author used his "ethnographic data" about black people, since he elected them as the principal subjects of his fiction.
Jorge Amado; Race; Class; Gender