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Voices, Languages, Discourses

Interpreting the Present and the Memory of Nation in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe


Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Jessica Falconi, Kamila Krakowska, Sheila Kahn and Carmen Tindó Secco

This volume brings together a selection of interviews with writers and filmmakers from Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe in order to examine representations and images of national identity in the postcolonial narratives of these countries. It continues and completes the exploration of the postcolonial imaginary and identity of Portuguese-speaking Africa presented in the earlier volume of interviews Speaking the Postcolonial Nation: Interviews with Writers from Angola and Mozambique (2014).

Memory, history, migration and diaspora are core notions in the recreation and reconceptualization of the nation and its identities in Cape Verdean, Guinean and São Tomean literary and cinematographic culture. By assembling different generations of writers and filmmakers, with a wide variety of perspectives on the historical, social and cultural changes that have taken place in their countries, this book makes a valuable contribution to current debates on postcolonialism, nation and identity in these former Portuguese colonies.

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Editor’s Note (Ana Mafalda Leite)


Ana Mafalda Leite

Editor’s Note

The interviews that have been compiled in this volume allow the reader to get closer to the texts and films produced in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe, they provide a platform for the recounting of personal lives as well as the collective experiences of artists, and they contain many diverse reflections on national and transnational identity in those countries.

This book is the result of a project financed by FCT (NEVIS – PTDC/CPC-ELT/4939/2012),1 which is entitled “Written and Visual Narratives of the Post-colonial Nation”, and was carried out by the researchers who co-edited this book: Carmen Tindó Secco, professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ); Jessica Falconi, postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Studies on Africa, Asia and Latin America at the University of Lisbon (CESA); Kamila Krakowska, assistant professor at the Centre for the Arts in Society of Leiden University; Sheila Khan, sociologist and researcher at the Centre for Studies in Communication and Society at the University of Minho (CECS); and Ana Mafalda Leite, professor at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lisbon (FLUL), and researcher at CESA.

The painstaking task of conducting and transcribing the interviews followed meetings between the researchers and the film directors and writers in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Lisbon. They were assisted in this undertaking by two other members of CESA, Marta Banasiak (funded through...

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