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Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora

Piecing Things Together


Edited By Francisco Cota Fagundes, Irene Maria F. Blayer and Teresa F.A. Alves

Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora presents a variety of perspectives on the Portuguese diaspora, from literature to identity discourse to biography and autobiography. The book is divided into three parts: reading literary identities within and without borders; constructing/constructed extra-literary identities at home and abroad; and literary ethnic voices from the North American diaspora and beyond. The 22 texts presented in this volume highlight the diasporic themes and backgrounds upon which the scope of the scholarly texts – as well as the personal contributions of short stories, poetry, interviews, and autobiographical memory – can be interwoven in a narrative identity construction.


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Introduction ix PART I: ReAdIng LITeRARy IdenTITIes WIThIn And WIThouT BoRdeRs 1. António gedeão and Jorge de sena: Myth, Tradition, and the Poetics of diaspora 3 Christopher Damien Auretta 2. stories of Forgotten “gees”: William s. Birge’s Senhor Antone: A Tale of the Portuguese Colony 19 Francisco Cota Fagundes 3. Alfred Lewis and the American dream 35 Frank F. Sousa 4. her story vs. his story: narrating the Portuguese diaspora in the united states of America 49 Reinaldo Silva 5. Anthony de sa and the Paradoxes of Immigration 63 Albert Braz 6. diasporas of diasporas: Brian Castro’s Shanghai Dancing 77 David Brookshaw 7. A Poetics of disquietude for gaspar’s Tales of the soul 83 Teresa F. A. Alves interior_blayer.indd 5 8/9/11 3:30 PM NarratiNg the Portuguese DiasPora: PieciNg thiNgs togethervi PART II: ConsTRuCTIng/ConsTRuCTed exTRA-LITeRARy IdenTITIes hoMe And ABRoAd 8. home Away from home: Visual narratives of the Portuguese Court in Brazil 101 Memory Holloway 9. Brothers or strangers—The Construction of Identity discourses in Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Co-productions with Portuguese Migrating Characters 111 Carolin Overhoff Ferreira 10. Representations of Portuguese-speaking Immigrants in the united states: The Federal Writers’ Project and the Farmer security Administration—office of War Information Collection 126 Orquídea Moreira Ribeiro 11. “going for a sunday drive”: Angolan decolonization, Learning Whiteness and the Portuguese diaspora of south Africa 135 Pamila Gupta 12. “neither here nor There?” Conceptions of “home,” Identity Constructions and the Transnational Lives of second generation Luso-Canadians and Luso-French in Portugal 153...

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