Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone-African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire

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Luís Maduereira

Mellen Press

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Imaginary Geographies interrogates a series of utopian projections that have informed Portuguese and Luso-African letters and culture since the Renaissance. Concentrating on the three crucial historical moments, Portugal’s precarious 16th-century”empire,” the decolonization process in the mid-1970s, and the post-independence in Africa, it examines the familiar “long narrative” which casts the Portuguese Discoveries as an inaugural and enabling event in Europe’s conquest of the world.