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Battleground Bodies

Gender and Sexuality in Mozambican Literature

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Eleanor K. Jones

This is the first book to provide a comparative exploration of the gendered and sexual body in Mozambican literature, engaging with the work of six authors spanning different generations, styles and aesthetics. The study begins by providing a detailed and innovative survey of the dynamics of gender, sexuality and power in the Portuguese colonial and Mozambican post-independence contexts, from the nineteenth century to the turn of the millennium. This initial investigation provides the sociohistorical backdrop for in-depth analyses of representations, uses and subversions of the body in poetry and prose fiction by José Craveirinha, Noémia de Sousa, Lília Momplé, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, Paulina Chiziane and Suleiman Cassamo. Using a wide and interdisciplinary range of theoretical frameworks, the book offers a fresh and creative new perspective on Mozambican history, political life and literary output.

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abjection xv, xix, 100–2 in Chiziane 62–3, 67, 178 in Craveirinha 56–7 in Khosa 103, 106–10, 113, 120, 121–4, 179–80 in de Sousa 93–5, 179 see also Butler, Judith; grotesque, the; Kristeva, Julia Aboim, Sofia 41 Acto Colonial see Colonial Act Afolabi, Niyi 119 agriculture 4–7, 27, 150–2, 154 Ahmed, Sara 19 Alarcón, Norma xxxiv, 74, 83, 95, 125, 178 Albuquerque, Joaquim Augusto Mous- inho d’ 135–6 alcoholism 5 Amadiume, Ifi xxii, xxviii, xxix ANC (African National Congress) 158–9 Angola xviii–xix, 3, 24, 134 anticolonialism xiv, xvii, xviii, xix, xxii, xxxii, xxxiv, 42 in Chiziane 61–5, 66, 70, 177–8 in Craveirinha 49–55, 56–8, 69–70, 177 emergence of 17–18 and gender 18–23, 43–5, 52–4, 71–2 in Khosa 103 in de Sousa 83–6, 90, 90n, 91, 92, 94–5, 96, 124–5, 179 anxiety in Chiziane 62–3, 67–8 in Fanon 44 in Frelimo discourse 27–32, 34, 101–2, 176 in Khosa 103–8 in Portuguese imperial discourse xxi– xxii, xxxiii, 3–9, 11, 16, 34, 57, 71, 130–1, 176, 181 in de Sousa 78 Anzaldúa, Gloria xxvii, xxxiv, 74, 78, 83–4, 95, 178 Apusigah, Agnes Atia xxviii Arnfred, Signe xxii, xxxi, 24, 64 Asian subcontinent 6–7 Atwood, Margaret 100 authorship xiv–xv, xvi, xvii, xxiii–xxiv, xxx of Chiziane 38 of Craveirinha 38 of de Sousa xv, 76–8 autoethnography 90...

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