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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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Members of the Postcolonial Nation and Narration Project LIVIA APA is a professor at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ and is studying towards her doctorate in African literature at the University of Lisbon. She has translated works by Mia Couto, Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos and Ana Luísa Amaral into Italian. Her many publications include Abitare la lingua: riflessioni sulla lingua por- toghese in Angola (2010). IAIN CHAMBERS is professor of cultural and postcolonial studies at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’, where he was formerly director of the Centre of Postcolonial Studies. He is presently the co-ordinator of the doc- toral programme Cultural and Post-Colonial Studies in the Anglophone World. His numerous publications include: Hendrix, hip hop e l’interruzione del pensiero (with Paul Gilroy, 1995); Mediterranean Crossings: The Politics of an Interrupted Modernity (2008); the edited volume of essays The Post- colonial Question: Common Skies, Divided Horizons (with Lidia Curti, 1996); and Esercizi di Potere: Gramsci, Said e il postcoloniale. RITA CHAVES holds a doctorate from the University of São Paulo and two postdoctorate degrees, the latter being completed at the Eduardo Mondlane University in 2010. Presently she is professor in African literature at the University of São Paulo and is responsible for teaching the Literature and Colonization course at the Cândido Mendes University. She is a member of the editorial boards of various journals, including Revista de Letras and Via Atlântica. Her publications include: Mia Couto: o desejo de contar...

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