The Colonial Wars in Contemporary Portuguese Fiction

January 2008
184 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Monografias A
ISBN: 9781855661585
Format: Hardback
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The Colonial Wars in Contemporary Portuguese Fiction

Isabel Moutinho

The Portuguese fiction that awakened public debate on imperialism
The colonial wars in Angola, Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau in the 1960s and 1970s were Portugal's Vietnam. The novels discussed in this study, written by António Lobo Antunes, Lídia Jorge and Manuel Alegre among others, aroused passionate responses from the reading public and initiated a national debate, otherwise lacking in the contemporary press, with their systematic deconstruction of the rhetoric of patriotism and colonialism of António Salazar's regime. The author's approach is of necessity grounded in postcolonial thought, as these works represent the awakening of a post-imperial conscience in Portuguese literature and society.

ISABEL MOUTINHO is a Lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese at La Trobe University, Australia.

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Table of Contents

The Traumatic Memory
The Personal Memory
The Collective Memory


Very well written and accessible. It makes a valuable addition to the growing body of work on Colonial War memory and trauma, particularly in the undergraduate teaching context, as well as providing illuminating introductory commentaries for the informed general reader. THE LUSO-BRAZILIAN REVIEW

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