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Intersecting Diaspora Boundaries

Portuguese Contexts


Edited By Irene Maria F. Blayer and Dulce Maria Scott

This collection of essays provides both critical and interdisciplinary means for thinking across diasporic travels within the Portuguese experience and its intersection with other peoples and cultures. The chapters are organized into four sections and offer rich, diverse, and insightful studies that provide a conceptualization of the Portuguese diaspora with special attention to the importance of cross-cultural interferences and influences. Within this framework, and from a variety of perspectives, some of the chapters depict identity-formation paths among Portuguese Jews and Luso-Indians in Australia, as well as the historical, cultural, and literary interplay among Portuguese and other diasporas in Goa, the West Indies, and Brazil. Other chapters analyze Portuguese-American literature and poetry, whereby the intersection of memory, dual identity, and place are meticulously explored. The last section of the book addresses Portuguese writers and poets who lived through (in)voluntary exile or were dislocated to Europe and Asia, and how their diasporic conditions interface with their textualized narratives. Place and memory as means of reconstructing a fragmented existence, in the writings of exiled writers, are also explored. The volume closes with a chapter on Portuguese illegal migration to France. The studies herein open new lines of inquiry into diaspora studies.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Blayer, Irene Maria. | Scott, Dulce Maria. Title: Intersecting diaspora boundaries: Portuguese contexts / edited by Irene Maria F. Blayer, Dulce Maria Scott. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2015. Series: Interdisciplinary studies in diasporas; vol. 1 ISSN 2378-0975 (print) | ISSN 2378-0983 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015009893 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3075-5 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1600-1 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Portuguese—Migrations—History. | Portuguese—Foreign countries—History. | Portugal—Emigration and immigration—Social aspects—History. Portuguese literature—History and criticism. | American literature—Portuguese American authors—History and criticism. | Immigrants in literature. Classification: LCC DP534.5.I595 2015 | DDC 909/.04691—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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