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Cities of the Lusophone World

Literature, Culture and Urban Transformations

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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.

Doris Wieser is an investigator at the Centre for Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL). She holds a PhD in Hispanic and Lusophone literature from the University of Göttingen. Her publications and research areas centre on Lusophone literatures, Latin American literatures, the crime novel, gender studies, memory studies and the construction of identities.

Ana Filipa Prata is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá. She is a member of the Centre for Comparative Studies at the University of Lisbon (CEC-FLUL) and holds a PhD in comparative literature from the same university. She has published articles on urban practices and representations in literature, focusing in particular on contemporary Portuguese and French authors.