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Title:Cape Verdean and Mozambican women's literature: liberating the national and seizing the intimate
Authors:Rodrigues, Isabel Fęo P.B.
Sheldon, KathleenISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic terms:Cape Verde
Subjects:women writers
Portuguese language
About persons:Dina Salústio
Paulina Chiziane (1955-)ISNI
Abstract:In Mozambique and Cape Verde, writing in Portuguese by African women has directly engaged political reconstruction by denouncing colonial oppression and embracing national freedom. This article addresses the recent history of Lusophone African women's fiction, which has been pivotal in inscribing the intimate arena of sexuality and motherhood into power relations and has also revealed ways in which the domain of violence intersects with private lives. By focusing on two novels that exemplify this trend, viz. 'A louca de Serrano' (The mad woman of Serrano, 1998) by Cape Verdian author Dína Salústio, and 'Niketche: uma história de poligamia' (Niketche: a story of polygamy, 2002) by Mozambican novelist Paulina Chiziane, this article demonstrates links between the political and the intimate. It also shows how Lusophone African authors contribute to healing social conflict through their narratives, and draws some conclusions about gender relations in the Lusophone African experience and across the continent. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]