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Angolan Literature

Angolan Literature

After Independence and under the Shadow of War

(p.159) Chapter 4 Angolan Literature
Lusophone Africa
Fernando Arenas
University of Minnesota Press

This chapter looks at some of the Angolan literary works published between 2000 and 2006, which tackle the consequences of civil war and postcolonialism in relation to social justice and the hardships of restoration and democratization. In Lusophone Africa is concerned, Angola produced the largest amount of literature; the works of Angolan writers Pepetela, Manuel Rui, and Ondjaki are highlighted as textual representations of a nation that experienced great catastrophe during the late twentieth century. The chapter also discusses the notion of “affect” with respect to the relationship between the experience of Portuguese colonialism and its postcolonial subjects. It also explains the significance of literature in the establishment of a national identity of the former Portuguese African colonies.

Keywords:   Angolan literature, Pepetela, Manuel Rui, Ondjaki, social justice, Portuguese colonialism, Portuguese African colonies

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