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7. NATIONAL IDENTITIES IN DIALOGUE (PORTUGAL, ANGOLA AND MOZAMBIQUE)
P.I.: Doris Wieser


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National Identities in Dialogue: Political and Literary Identity Constructions in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique (1961-present)

This research project aims to contribute to a better understanding of how national identities are constructed in Portugal, Angola and Mozambique, before and after the Carnation Revolution (25 April 1974), in the complex tension between colonial power and colony. Neither the identity of the (ex)colonizer nor the (ex)colonized can be fully understood without taking in account the dialogue with the other(s). Politics and literature play a significant role in the construction of national identities. Identities, created and spread by the authorities, are partly affirmed and partly delegitimized by literary works. This research project therefore deals with literary works (poetry, prose), counterpoints them with political discourses (decrees, manifestos, propaganda) and examines the diachronic change in the construction of identity from the late colonial (1961-1974) to the postcolonial era (1975-present). The construction of national identities in these countries and the two historical stages have been explored individually, but not from a comparative, dialogic and diachronic perspective, which greatly enriches the perception of contradictions and ambiguities between the created auto- and hetero-images of the nations.

 







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