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Narrating the Portuguese Diaspora

Piecing Things Together

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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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„ Contributors Ana Cristina Ferreira de Almeida Rodrigues Alves earned her doctorate in philosophy from the university of Lisbon (2005). she currently works for the Ministry of science, Technology and higher education, at the Macau Cultural and scientific Center. she has worked in Beijing and, more recently, in Macau, as Visiting Professor in the Polytechnic Institute of Macau, and at the university of Macau, department of Portuguese. she is a specialist in Chinese Culture and has published, among others, Uma Viagem de Muitos Quilómetros Começa Por um Passo (2004), A Sabedoria Chinesa (2005), and A Mulher Chinesa (2007). Teresa F. A. Alves is associate professor of American literature and culture and coordinator of Research group 5 at the university of Lisbon International Center for english studies-uLICes. her published work reflects her inter- est in contemporary American literature and culture, Portuguese American literature, and in autobiography. she is the author of Cânone e Diversidade Um Ensaio sobre a Literatura e a Cultura dos EUA (Lisbon, 2003); and co-author of Feminine Identities, (Lisbon, 2002); Literatura Norte-Americana (Lisbon, 1999). she co-edited “And gladly wolde [s]he lerne and gladly teche”: Homenagem a Júlia Dias Ferreira (Lisbon, 2007); From the Edge: Portuguese Short Stories / Onde a Terra Acaba: Contos Portugueses (Lisbon, 2006); Ceremonies and Spectacles: Performing American Culture (Amsterdam, 2000); Walt Whitman: “Not Only Summer, But All Seasons” (Lisbon, 1999); Colóquio Herman Melville (Lisbon, 1994). her published scholarly essays include “Between Worlds: A Convergence of Kindred Lives” (Lisbon, 2009)...

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