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Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora

Piecing Things Together

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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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Part III: Literary ethnic voices from the north american diaspora and beyond: Interview, essays, short story, poetry

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Pa r t i i i „ Literary Ethnic Voices from the North American Diaspora and Beyond Interview, essays, short story, Poetry interior_blayer.indd 219 8/9/11 3:30 PM interior_blayer.indd 220 8/9/11 3:30 PM 16. „ “I Write Nonfiction Fiction” An Interview with Charles Reis Felix Conducted by Francisco Cota Fagundes This interview, which took place in the fall of 2007, was to have been in person, for one of my greatest joys would have been to spend a couple of days talking with Charles Reis Felix and his wife, Barbara, with whom I had been exchanging emails for about two years. It was not meant to be. Charles offered, however, to answer all the questions that I might have for him. Herein, then, is the virtual “ interview” that will be, I hope, just as valuable for those who count themselves, as I do, among Charles Reis Felix’s admirers. A prolific writer, Charles will probably surprise some of his readers with references to quite a number of unpublished books going back to the 1940s. He is already one of the better known Portuguese-American writers, having given us important titles such as Through a Portagee gate (2004), da gama, Cary grant, and the election of 1934 (2005), and before these “Portuguese-American” works, his first autobiography, Crossing the sauer: A Memoir of War World II (2002). About to be published—again by the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth—is a second novel, Tony: A new...

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