Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone-African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire
By: Luis Madureira (author)Hardback
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This study interrogates a series of utopian projections that have informed Portuguese and Luso-African letters and culture since the Renaissance. Concentrating on three crucial historical moments - Portugal's tenuous hegemony in the Asian seas in the 16th century, the collapse of its colonial empire in the mid-1970s, and finally, the post-independence period of re-evaluating nationalisms in Africa - the study examines the familiar "long narrative" which casts the Portuguese Discoveries as an inaugural and enabling event in Europe's conquest of the world.
Luis Madureira is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Acknowledgements; Foreword by Phyllis Peres; Introduction; 1. The Accident of America: Marginal Notes on Portugal's Asian Empire; 2. A Supplement to the White Man's Burden: History, The April Revolution and the Struggle for Decolonization in Contemporary Portuguese Fiction; 3. The Persistent Flight of Strayed and Weary Birds: The Demand and the Predicament of Mia Couto's 'White Writing'; Bibliography; Index.
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