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“My Father was Colonialism”: Gender and Transcultural Memory in Isabela Figueiredo’s Caderno de Memórias Coloniais
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. (Literature, Identity and Transculturality)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2008-4873
2014 (English)In: List of Abstracts for Conference Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World Dalarna University, Sweden, April 2-4, 2014, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2014, p. 7-8Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Various aspects of traumatic pasts of the Portuguese colonial experience, the colonial wars, and the Portuguese leaving Africa after the independence of Portugal’s former colonies in 1975 have been addressed in writings since 1980s. But, it is only very recently that the Portuguese generation born in Africa in the 1960s, as white colonisers, and then forced to leave their country in their teens have transformed their childhood memories and experiences of the colonial “collapse” into artistic expression. In her book, written in memoir form, Caderno de Memórias Coloniais, Isabela Figueiredo (2010) uses her childhood memories of the social landscapes of Mozambique and family relations to radically denounce racism, sexism and an unequal society. From a gender and postcolonial viewpoint, this paper will analyse Figueiredo’s memoirs as an expression of transcultural memory, defined as a cultural exchange remembered across nations and cultures, and as an individual memory representative of a collective experience. Following, in particular, how the text inscribes and represents symbolic and physical violence against native women incorporated in the colonial ideology of Lusotropicalism, I will argue, that Figueiredo’s text highlights how this ideology not only inscribed itself in African women’s bodies, but also entered into the little white colonial girl, described in the text. As a representation of transcultural memories, the text also shows the importance of the colonial experience and Africa, in the postcolonial Portuguese cultural and social identity of today.

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Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2014. p. 7-8
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Kultur, identitet och gestaltning, Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-14409OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-14409DiVA, id: diva2:726714
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Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World Dalarna University, Sweden, April 2-4, 2014
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Transcultural Identities in Contemporary Literature
Available from: 2014-06-18 Created: 2014-06-18 Last updated: 2015-04-21Bibliographically approved

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