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A Companion to João Paulo Borges Coelho

Rewriting the (Post)Colonial Remains


Edited By Elena Brugioni, Orlando Grossegesse and Paulo de Medeiros

This companion offers a critical overview of a great part of the literary oeuvre of the acclaimed Mozambican writer and historian João Paulo Borges Coelho. It focuses on a multiplicity of elements central to his literary project, underscoring the originality and complexity of one of the most prominent authors from the Portuguese-speaking world. With contributions from scholars hailing from different academic disciplines including history, this collection offers a compelling and original reading of Borges Coelho’s fictional work, engaging with current critical debates in the fields of literary theory, postcolonial studies, world-literature, and eco-criticism. The book advances new critical paths within Portuguese-speaking literary studies from a comparative perspective. At the same time it is addressed to a variety of scholars and advanced students in other, related fields.

CONTENTS: João Paulo Borges Coelho: A Short Biography – João Paulo Borges Coelho: The Enchanted Cloth – Paolo Israel: The Archive and the Fable: Trajectory of a Mozambican Historian – Nazir Ahmed Can: Poetics and Politics of Memory: Notes on João Paulo Borges Coelho’s Novels – Ana Mafalda Leite: Narratives of the Indian Ocean in the Writing of João Paulo Borges Coelho: A Transnational Geography – Rui Gonçalves Miranda – History, Literature, and the Indices of the Ocean: Force of Signification in Borges Coelho’s ‘A força do mar de Agosto’ – Jessica Falconi: The Tourism Imaginary in Hinyambaan – Orlando Grossegesse: A Parody of Final Redemption: The Uses of Geopolitical Fiction in O Olho de Hertzog – Elena Brugioni: Of Clues, Traces, and Minor Histories: Theorizing the Genre of Historical Novel in Rainhas da Noite – Emanuelle Santos: Towards a World-Literary Aesthetics of Postcolonial Memory: Rainhas da Noite by João Paulo Borges Coelho – Paulo de Medeiros: The Drowning of Time: Ecological Catastrophe, Dialectics, and Allegorical Realism in João Paulo Borges Coelho’s Ponta Gea and Água: Uma novela rural.