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Narrating the Postcolonial Nation

Mapping Angola and Mozambique

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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

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The three sections of this collection are built around representations of the nation in Angolan and Mozambican literary texts. Although some of the essays in the present collection1 make a comparative study of Angolan and Mozambican works, especially as they enter into dialogue with each other, other contributions focus on individual Mozambican or Angolan works seeking to unravel the many ways they narrate, recreate and concep- tualize the nation, its space and myths. These essays also reveal the way in which the writer’s gaze works side by side with the creation of the idea of the ‘nation’, in a trajectory that lies between memory and history, between territorial space and the voyage, seeking out new ways of ‘narrating’ which would integrate within its lin- guistic and genealogical texture the merging of cultural traditions that originate both in native territories and in the West. Each section covers a topic – Historical Themes, The Voyage Theme and, finally, Discursive Strategies. Even though the three sections are sepa- rate, in practice the three topics are inexorably interwoven given that very often they are interconnected and naturally implicated in each other. If history is a relevant feature in the construction of the idea of the nation in postcolonial narratives, the voyage can also help to configure it through 1 The present volume is part of CESA/the University of Lisbon’s Nation and Postcolonial Narrative project. The project was funded by the FCT and has Ana Mafalda Leite as its principal investigator. The following researchers participated in...

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