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Postcolonial Nation and Narrative III: Literature & Cinema

Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé e Príncipe


Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Hilary Owen, Ellen Sapega and Carmen Tindó Secco

This volume investigates literary and cinematographic narratives from Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe, analysing the different ways in which social and cultural experience is represented in postcolonial contexts. It continues and completes the exploration of the postcolonial imaginary and identity of Portuguese-speaking Africa presented in the earlier volume Narrating the Postcolonial Nation: Mapping Angola and Mozambique (2014).

Memory, history, migration and diaspora are core notions in the recreation and reconceptualization of the nation and its identities in Capeverdian, Guinean and Saotomean literary and cinematographic culture. Acknowledging that the idea of the postcolonial nation intersects with other social, political, cultural and historical categories, this book scrutinizes written and visual representations of the nation from a wide range of inter- and transdisciplinary perspectives, including literary and film studies, gender studies, sociology, and post-colonial and cultural studies. It makes a valuable contribution to current debates on postcolonialism, nation and identity in these former Portuguese colonies.

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Introduction: Postcolonial Nation and Narrative, Cinema and Literature (Ana Mafalda Leite)


Ana Mafalda Leite

Introduction: Postcolonial Nation and Narrative, Cinema and Literature

This collection of essays will introduce the reader to some of the narrative visual arts (cinema, documentary, theatre) performed in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé e Príncipe, encouraging different kinds of reflection on African cinema, national identity and the postcolonial critical dimension of these countries, through studies, some theoretical and others more analytical, on visual and literary narratives.

The aim of this volume is to investigate the role of film, documentary and the novel (as well as parallel paratextual production, through the testimony of auteurs and film makers presented in the book of interviews, volume IV), in the construction and deconstruction of concepts like nation, diaspora, migration, transnationality, configuring and disfiguring identities.

This set of essays on representations of the nation in visual and literary narrative in Cape Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe and Guinea-Bissau permits a comparison of the representations of the nation offered by the different Portuguese-speaking African countries, taking account of the volumes on Angola and Mozambique that have already been published. In fact, this volume complements research undertaken into Angola and Mozambique (Ana Mafalda Leite, Hilary Owen, Rita Chaves and Livia Apa, Narrating the Postcolonial Nation Mapping Angola and Mozambique, 2014) and extended to the other three Portuguese-speaking African countries, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé Príncipe, within the framework of a reflection on postcolonial nation and narrative.

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