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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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Part 1 Historical themes


Gilberto Matusse The Narrative of the Nation in Craveirinha Introduction The title chosen for this article is guided by two aims. The first is the fact that the poetry of José Craveirinha has a clearly narrative dimension. This narrative dimension can be found at the level of each poem or by means of the presence of narrative elements that are mixed with more lyrical ele- ments and by the creation of obviously narrative poems (such as ‘História do Magaíza Madevo’, for example) or even by the presence, in his work as whole, of a set of dispersed features which, when related to each other, end up by providing an objective vision of the world (characters, places, action) that is external to the poetic discourse of the subject. The second is that the propensity for narrative features has accompanied the different and signifi- cant moments in the more recent evolution of Mozambican society, especially those moments when the issue of the nation came to the forefront (from the second half of the twentieth century onwards). Thus this contribution shall be a small reflection about how we can discover in the work of Craveirinha aspects which portray the nation and its problems all through this period. Narration in José Craveirinha’s Poetry Narration in Craveirinha can be understood in terms of his poetry’s commit- ment to the spirit of modernity (Matusse 1998), whose highest expression was manifest in the European avant-garde of the early twentieth century. 18 Gilberto Matusse This phenomenon...

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