Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone-African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire

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.

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Luis Madureira is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contents

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.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/03/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780773454835
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 312
  • ID: 9780773454835
  • ISBN10: 0773454837

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