The Mozambican Modern Ghost Story (1866–2006)
The Genealogy of a Genre
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Series: Reconfiguring Identities in the Portuguese-Speaking World, Volume 16
Are there Mozambican ghost stories, when are they published, and how did they take shape? This book shows how a modern ghost story, which reflected the British 1825 financial crisis, took shape in the early nineteenth century. The form circulated throughout the world-literary system, including Mozambique, where Gothic literature was already published in the late nineteenth century and where a first Mozambican modern ghost story, on the transition to colonial capitalism, was published in 1960. The modern ghost story genre then disappeared but re-emerges in the 1980s, reflecting Mozambique’s post-independence capitalist restoration. It disappeared again at the beginning of the 1990s and reappeared in 2006, registering now the same and arguably ongoing capitalist restoration, but mediated by debates on globalization and world-literature.
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