African Literature - 1st semester


a)To develop literary and cultural knowledge about postcolonial societies.
b) To identify different critical paradigms as well as their changes and mutations.
c) To improve reading and research individual practices.
d) To participate in class discussions and assigned reading activities.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Maria Martinho


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language





Alguns textos de referência, sem inclusão das obras em análise a cada semestre
FERREIRA, Manuel, (compil.), 50 Poetas Africanos: Angola, Moçambique, Guiné-Bissau, Cabo Verde, São Tomé e Príncipe, Lisboa, Plátano, [D. L. 1989].
__, 50 Poetas Africanos, Lisboa, Plátano, 1989.
LEITE, Ana Mafalda, Literaturas Africanas e Formulações Pós-coloniais, Lisboa, Colibri, 2003.
MARTINHO, Ana Maria, The Protean Web: Literature and Ethnography in Lusophone Africa, Lisboa, Colibir, 2011.
PORTUGAL, Francisco Salinas, Entre Próspero e Caliban: literaturas de língua portuguesa,
Santiago de Compostela, Laiovento, 1999.
TENREIRO, Francisco et ANDRADE, Mário Pinto de (Manuel Ferreira pref.), Poesia Negra de Expressão Portuguesa, Linda-a-Velha, África Editora, 1982.
TRIGO, Salvato, Ensaios de Literatura Comparada Afro-Luso-Brasileira, Lisboa, Vega, [D. L.
VENÂNCIO, José Carlos, Literatura e Poder na África Lusófona, 1.ª ed. Lisboa, Instituto de Cultura e Língua Portuguesa

Teaching method

All sessions are theoretical and practical.
The instructor presents working materials and discussion topics, previously prepared by the students. A discussion with the students will follow.

Evaluation method

Evaluation to be monitored on a weekly basis.
Items to consider in the final grading:
Test - 35%
Paper - 35%
Participation in class discussions - 15%
Participation in class - 15%

Subject matter

A Opening remarks
Statistical data about Education, Culture, Conflict and Migrations in Africa
Literature and Society.
B Lusophone African Literature in a Global Context
Comparative approach with authors from the Maghreb and Sub-Saharan Africa
Current debates
C History of Lusophone African Literature
19th-21st century authors and works: exploring the canon.
Generational and Textual Change
D Oral Literature
Anthropology, Ethnography and Literature
E Short stories
Main themes, rhetorical and stylistic aspects
F The Novel
Main themes, rhetorical and stylistic aspects
G - Poetry
Texts and Authors (poetry and resistance; poetry and culture)
Contemporary trends


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