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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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About the editors


ANA MAFALDA LEITE is Associate Professor at the University of Lisbon. Her areas of research include Mozambican literature, African cultures and literatures in the Portuguese language, oral literature and postcolonial studies. Her publications include Oralidades & Escritas Pós-Coloniais (2012).

HILARY OWEN is Professor Emerita of Portuguese and African Studies at the University of Manchester. Her most recent publication, with Claudia Pazos Alonso, is Antigone's Daughters?: Gender, Genealogy, and the Politics of Authorship in Twentieth-Century Portuguese Women's Writing (2011).

ELLEN W. SAPEGA is Professor of Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her publications include Consensus and Debate in Salazar’s Portugal: Visual and Literary Negotiations of the National Text (2008).

CARMEN TINDÓ SECCO is Professor of African Literatures in the Portuguese Language at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her publications include A magia das letras africanas (2003), Brasil/África: como se o mar fosse mentira (2003) and África & Brasil – letras em laços (2010).

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