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Narrating the Postcolonial Nation

Mapping Angola and Mozambique


Edited By Ana Mafalda Leite, Hilary Owen, Rita Chaves and Livia Apa

The essays collected in this volume look at the way that Mozambican and Angolan literary works seek to narrate, re-create and make sense of the postcolonial nation. Some of the studies focus on individual works; others are comparative analyses of Angolan and Mozambican works, with a focus on the way they enter into dialogue with each other. The volume is oriented by three broad themes: the role of history; the recurring image of the voyage; and discursive/narrative strategies. The final section of the book considers the postcolonial in a broader Lusophone and international context.


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Ana Mafalda Leite Introduction 1 Iain Chambers Power, Language and the Poetics of the Postcolonial 5 Part 1 Historical themes 15 Gilberto Matusse The Narrative of the Nation in Craveirinha 17 Carmen Lucia Tindó Secco The Other Feet of History: A Reading of Choriro by Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa and O Outro Pé da Sereia by Mia Couto 45 Ana Mafalda Leite Rewriting the Thresholds of History in Order to Re-Think the Nation 67 Inocência Mata The Memory of Colonization and the Sentence of the Future in the Figuration of the Nation 87 vi Sheila Khan Utopias and Aporias: The Measure of a Nation’s Dreams 109 Part 2 The voyage theme 125 Laura Cavalcante Padilha Novels as Travel Diaries: The Case of Angola 127 Rita Chaves Ruy Duarte de Carvalho’s Desmedida: The Voyage as Synthesis and Invention 143 Kamila Krakowska The Voyages of the Postcolonial Nations in Estação das Chuvas and Terra Sonâmbula 163 Giulia Spinuzza The Reconfiguration of the Nation in Eduardo White’s Janela para Oriente 185 Part 3 Discursive strategies 197 Hilary Owen Women on the Edge of a Nervous Empire in Paulina Chiziane and Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa 199 Nazir Ahmed Can A House of Marked Cards: The Public Discourse of the Political Elite in the Novels of João Paulo Borges Coelho 213 vii Tânia Macedo Reflection and Aesthetic Development in the Work of Manuel Rui 235 Livia Apa Nation and Narration: What Does African Cinema Tell Us? 253 Jessica Falconi Some...

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