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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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Nation and Narration: What Does African Cinema Tell Us?

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History decays into images, not stories.

—WALTER BENJAMIN

The currently much belabored split between the Word and the image, and the announcements of the end of the age of the print and the advent of the age of electronic image, and the diagnoses of post-literate man seems to me to vastly overrate the phenomena in question. The new literacy, the ability to ‘read’ streams of visual images, has indeed, at times, the chaotic, uncontrolled, unsophisticated and exuberant qualities that often accompany a significant innovation or advance, but I think it is beginning to be apparent that this is new literacy is not a negation of the older sort of literacy, but an expansion or an enlargement of the idea of literacy itself […].

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