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Intercultural Crossings

Conflict, Memory and Identity

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Lénia Marques, Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia and Glória Bastos

Intercultural crossings, which are at the core of our contemporary society, are underpinned and shaped by three essential elements: time, space and people. Such encounters and interactions have the capacity not only to promote diversity and a healthy exchange of ideas, but also to act as a catalyst for conflict.
This volume examines the topics of conflict, memory and identity through a collection of insightful viewpoints and perspectives, reflecting a diversity of cultural and social backgrounds, which combine to give a contemporary interdisciplinary analysis of cultural interactions and their effects. The themes covered by the authors, such as memory and forgetfulness, migration, ecological concerns, mixed cultural landscapes, storytelling, postcolonial trauma and internal struggles for identity, offer the reader a fascinating glimpse into the ongoing and evolving social debate about identity and purpose.

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Heart of Violence and Healing Words: Europe, Decolonization and Mobility 151 - Joana Passos

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151 Heart of Violence and Healing Words Europe, Decolonization and Mobility Joana PASSOS Universidade do Minho/CEHUM This study discusses a set of writers whose nomadic biography has given them a plural cultural heritage. All of them grew up in African or Asian nations, but they eventually settled in Europe or America, living in the Western world. These are committed writers, using literature as a form of public intervention and as a pedagogic and affective means to spark awareness and political literacy among their readers. Given their recognition and success, why is post-imperial Europe so keen on reading authors that bring back to European readers the confrontation with the violence, the predatory and the pathetic that were/are omnipresent in the process of colonial expansion and in the recent transition to globalization during the second half of the 20th century? In order to answer that question I will discuss four texts, two by Anglophone writers Jamal Majhud and Salman Rushdie, and two others, written in Portuguese, by Luandino Vieira and Orlando da Costa. The increasing popularity and concomitant visibility of African and Asian writers among European audiences is clearly noticeable, not only on account of their inclusion in academic curricula but also because of their presence in conference topics, in literary prizes and in dissertation themes. All these dimensions in the circulation and reception of books are related, and all of them point towards a positive balance in the reception of African and Asian literary production by Western reading public and academies....

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