New publications: Narrating the Postcolonial Nation and Speaking the Postcolonial Nation

Leite et al. (Narrating the Postcolonial Nation) coverThe 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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Ana Mafalda Leite is professor of African literature at the University of Lisbon. Her areas of research include Mozambican literature, African cultures and literatures in the Portuguese language, oral literature and postcolonial studies. Her recent publications include Oralidades & Escritas Pós-Coloniais (2012).
Hilary Owen is professor of Portuguese and African studies at the University of Manchester. Her publications include Mother Africa, Father Marx: Women’s Writings in Mozambique (2007) and Antigone’s Daughters? Gender, Genealogy, and the Politics of Authorship in Twentieth-Century Portuguese Women’s Writing (with Cláudia Pazos- Alonso, 2011).
Rita Chaves is professor in African literature at the University of São Paulo. She is on the editorial board of Revista de Letras and Via Atlântica. Among her recent publications are Mia Couto: O desejo de contar e de inventar (with Fernanda Cavacas and Tânia Macedo, 2010) and Portanto … Pepetela (with Tânia Macedo, 2009).
Livia Apa is studying towards a doctorate in African literature at the University of Lisbon. She has translated into Italian works by Mia Couto, Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos and Ana Luísa Amaral and has recently published Abitare la lingua: Riflessioni sulla lingua portoghese in Angola (2010).

 

Leite et al. (Speaking the Postcolonial Nation) coverThis volume brings together interviews on the topic of the postcolonial nation and its narrations with prominent writers from Angola and Mozambique. The interviewees offer personal insights into the history of post-independence Angola and Mozambique and into the role of the intellectual elite in the complex processes of deconstructing colonial heritage and (re)constructing national identity in a multinational or multiethnic state. Their testimonies provide a parallel narrative that complements the many fictional narrators found in Angolan and Mozambican novels, short stories and poems. The authors interviewed in the book are Luandino Vieira, Ana Paula Tavares, Boaventura Cardoso, José Eduardo Agualusa, Ondjaki and Pepetela from Angola; and João Paulo Borges Coelho, Marcelo Panguana, Mia Couto, Paulina Chiziane, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa and Luís Carlos Patraquim from Mozambique.

Available for purchase here.

Ana Mafalda Leite is professor of African literature at the University of Lisbon. Her areas of research include Mozambican literature, African cultures and literatures in the Portuguese language, oral literature and postcolonial studies. Her recent publications include Oralidades & Escritas Pós-Coloniais (2012).
Sheila Khan is a researcher at the Centre for Research in Social Sciences at the University of Minho. Her publications include The Lusotropical Tempest: Postcolonial Debates in Portuguese (2012) and Imigrantes Africanos Moçambicanos: Narrativa de Imigração e de Identidade e Estratégias de Aculturação em Portugal e na Inglaterra (2009).
Jessica Falconi is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and lectures in Portuguese literature at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. Her doctoral thesis was published in Italy under the title of Utopia e conflittualità: Ilha de Moçambique nella poesia mozambicana contemporanea (2008).
Kamila Krakowska is working towards her doctorate in Brazilian and Mozambican literature at the University of Coimbra, having previously studied at the University of Wrocław. She has published articles on national identity in the work of Mário de Andrade and Mia Couto.

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