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Title: Memory is of the Future: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Novels of Africa and the African Diaspora
Authors: Caldeira, Isabel 
Keywords: African literature; Literature of the African diaspora; Postcolonial theory; Tradition and modernity
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: e-cadernos CES
Issue: 26
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: Em “Memory is of the Future: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Novels of the African Diaspora” analiso comparativamente exemplos de romance contemporâneo de escritoras da diáspora africana – Toni Morrison (EUA) e Maryse Condé (Guadalupe); e dos escritores africanos de língua portuguesa, Pepetela (Angola) e Mia Couto (Moçambique). Tratando-se de casos inscritos num mesmo paradigma colonial, na análise de como se posicionam em relação ao passado e ao futuro das suas nações e comunidades, assumem relevância tópicos específicos, como a tradição e a modernidade ou a memória e a história. Toda a discussão será orientada por uma linha teórica pós-colonial, em que destaco autores como Enrique Dussel, Édouard Glissant e Boaventura de Sousa Santos.
In “Memory is of the Future: Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary Novels of the African Diaspora” I explore comparative possibilities among examples of the contemporary novel of the African diaspora – Toni Morrison (USA) and Maryse Condé (Guadaloupe); and African novels written in Portuguese by Pepetela (Angola), and Mia Couto (Mozambique). I attempt to understand the way writers position themselves towards the past and the future of their communities and nations. As their common paradigm is colonial, the discussion of tradition versus modernity, as well as the relation between memory and history gain a special relevance. To foster my discussion I shall be using a postcolonial theoretical framework resorting mainly to Enrique Dussel, Édouard Glissant, and Boaventura de Sousa Santos.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/40841
ISSN: 1647-0737
Other Identifiers: 10.4000/eces.2126
DOI: 10.4000/eces.2126
Rights: openAccess
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