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CEsA Narrativas Escritas e Visuais - inglês

Written and Visual Narratives of the Post Colonial Nation


The aim of this project is to study how the literary and cinematographic narratives of Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, and Guinea-Bissau create a suitable environment for the construction of imagined communities and the projection of new identities, by retrieving the strategies of oral literature, or by performing an indigenously-based re-writing of the colonial narrative models, among others.
The literary and cinematographic African narratives of Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Sao Tome and Principe integrate cultural models borrowed from other cultural centers, such as Brazil, the United States, and Portugal, providing local perspectives with a global dimension in which inter-textual diversity becomes a field of questioning and the modeling of new identities, fruits of diaspora experience and ideological and cultural exchange.
Our goal is to question the role of narrative – in its different forms, such as novel, short-story, film, documentary – as well as of the parallel para-textual production – this is, the interviews with writers and film-makers – in the construction and deconstruction of such notions as nation, ethnicity, diaspora, migration and trans-nationality, which are crucial concepts for forging and disentangling identities. We make use of the most adequate theoretical framework available from the field of post-colonial studies in order support our analysis.
The project Written and Visual Narratives of the Post-colonial Nation will explore three topics that are relevant for the representations of the nation: A) Images/Motifs of History and Memory of the colonial and pre-colonial periods and their role in a post-colonial reconstruction and re-reading of the historical and mythical past. B) Images/Motifs of Location and Dislocation: Travel and Diaspora and their role in describing different ethno-landscapes, which provoke movements between center and periphery, the urban and the rural, and local and global spaces that stimulate the emergence of plural identity configurations. C) Discursive Strategies: Genres/Canons that interrogate and reflect the heritage and transformation of (literary and visual) narrative practices as they are diversified and reconfigured in tandem with changing figurations of nation and identity.

  • FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia

Research team
  • Prof. Dra. Ana Mafalda Leite (CEsA/ISEG e FLUL) – Principal Researcher
  • Prof. Dra. Carmen Tindó Secco (Univ. Federal Rio Janeiro)
  • Prof. Dra. Hilary Owen (University of Manchester)
  • Prof. Dra. Jessica Falconi (CES/UC e Univ. Nápoles)
  • Msc Kamila Krakowska (Universidade de Coimbra/Lisboa)
  • Msc Livia Apa (Univ. Studi Napoli ‘L’Orientale’)
  • Msc Maria Conceição Lima (escritora e jornalista S. Tomé e Príncipe)
  • PhD Sheila Khan (UMinho)