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Cities of the Lusophone World

Literature, Culture and Urban Transformations


Edited By Doris Wieser and Ana Filipa Prata

Cities of the Lusophone World addresses diverse literary and cultural representations of urban settings produced in the period from the 1960s to the present day and originating from the Island of Mozambique, Lisbon, Luanda, Macau, Maputo, Porto Alegre and São Paulo. The volume contributes to the interdisciplinary research field of urban cultural studies, which lies at the crossroads between the social sciences and the humanities. The essays gathered here consider the city not only as a geographical configuration, but also as a historical discourse where space and time merge and where different individual and collective practices and actions take place. They explore how memories and identities are framed, how people at the margins create discourses of resistance, and how processes of migration and urban transformation disrupt established social and cultural borders.

CONTENTS: Isabel Araújo Branco: Eduardo Gageiro’s Lisbons - Ana Filipa Prata: Urban Narratives in Black and White: Ethnography and Fiction in Lisboa, na Cidade Negra, by Jean-Yves Loude - Anne Burgert: The Bom Fim District of Porto Alegre and its Marginal Identities in the Work of Moacyr Scliar - Ana Mafalda Leite/Jessica Falconi: Island of Mozambique: Narratives from a Contact Zone - Mônica Simas: Beyond the Script: How Macau’s Literary Festival has Updated the Myth of the Open City - Luís Pimenta Lopes: «Um camarote para a CRIL»: Suburban Spaces and Transculturality in Pedro Vieira’s Última paragem Massamá - Ingrid Hapke: «A Periphery in the Centre of Everything»: The Marginal Literature Movement Renegotiates the Margins of São Paulo, Literature and the Nation - Júlia Garraio: Speaking for the Voiceless? Luanda in Angolan Literature about the Civil War’s Refugees - Christian Grünnagel: Agualusa’s Luanda: The African Metropolis as Dystopia in Barroco Tropical - Paulo de Medeiros: Postimperial Lisbon - Cristina Martínez-Tejero: Contesting Present-Day Lisbon through Art: Neoliberal City and Cultural Resistance - Doris Wieser: Urban Transformations in Maputo after Independence: Crónica da Rua 513.2, by João Paulo Borges Coelho - Janek Scholz: Caught between Local and Global, Rural and Urban: How Comic Artists Approach the Dynamics of Urban Development.