Hispanic and Lusophone Voices of Africa

David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa, Sarita Naa Akuye Addy (Eds.)

by Sarita Naa Akuye Addy (Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion), Margret Chipara (University of Zimbabwe), Joseph Abraham Levi (George Washington University), Patrícia Martinho Ferreira (University of Massachusetts Amherst), David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa (Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland), Martha Mzite (Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences, Zimbabwe), Paulo Rodrigues Ferreira (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Daniel F. Silva (Middlebury College)

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Blending literary theory and those culled from contemporary cultural studies, “Hispanic and Lusophone Voices of Africa” provides a gateway for readers to explore works from Afro-Hispanic and Lusophone countries hitherto relegated to the background by scholars, critics, and readers in the Spanish and Portuguese reading world.
With a well-written introductory chapter, the volume editors offer a plausible explanation behind the selection of essays and the theoretical approaches underpinning them. Three of the six essays analyze literary works from Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, and Angola. The remaining three examine films from Lusophone Africa, with a view to bring attention to post-colonial identities in Guinea Bissau and São Tomé & Príncipe.
The quality and breadth of the essays are admirable, and they ground their approaches in sound theoretical frameworks. The studies avoid jargon, making them accessible to both seasoned academics and the general reading public. The selected texts and films in the collection represent some of the most important literary and filmic production in Hispanic and Lusophone Africa.

Yaw Agawu-Kakraba
Professor of Spanish and African Studies
Pennsylvania State University

Africa is usually depicted in Western media as a continent plagued by continuous wars, civil conflicts, disease, and human rights violations; however, an analysis of the region’s cultural output reveals the depth and strength of the character of the African people that has endured the burden of colonialism. Undoubtedly, much of the scholarship on African literature focuses on countries colonized by the British such as South Africa and Nigeria; however, the African nations colonized by Spain and Portugal have also made major literary contributions. This volume examines the literature and cinema of the African nations colonized by Spain and Portugal (Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde, Angola, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe) to demonstrate the complexity and heterogeneity of these countries in their attempts to establish a post-colonial identity. This volume is intended for undergraduate students, graduate students, and researchers seeking to study Hispanic and Luso-African literature and film, and so better understand cultural production in previously underrepresented nations of Africa.

David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa
Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland

Chapter 1 Trapped in the Closet: Complicity as Resistance in Donato Ndongo-Bidyogo's Los poderes de la tempestad (1997)
Sarita Naa Akuye Addy
Canadian Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Chapter 2 Imagination and Reality in Comissão das Lágrimas by António Lobo Antunes
Paulo Rodrigues Ferreira
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapter 3 Women Writing Men: Representations of Men and Masculinity in the Works of Lília Momplé, Paulina Chiziane and Ana Paula Tavares
Margret Chipara and Martha Mzite
University of Zimbabwe

Chapter 4 Post-Colonial Identities on the Big Screen: Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe
Dr. Joseph Abraham Levi
George Washington University

Chapter 5 On Camera, In Motion: Staging São Tomé e Príncipe in Contemporary Film
Daniel F. Silva
Middlebury College

Chapter 6 The Orphan as Post-colonial Allegory in Lusophone African Film: A Cidade Vazia and Republica di Mininus
Patrícia Martinho Ferreira
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chapter 7 Cabo Verde from Text to Silver Screen: Germano Almeida's The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo
David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa
Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland

About the Contributors


Dr. Mongor-Lizarrabengoa is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland. He holds a BA & MA in Spanish from Montclair State University, an MA in English & an MA in film studies from National University, and a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Western Ontario. His research focuses on representations of trauma and torture in modern Latin American & Brazilian film and fiction, literatures of Lusophone Africa, and adaptation studies. He has presented at over 35 conferences across the United States and Canada.

Dr. Sarita Naa Akuye Addy holds a doctorate degree in Hispanic Studies from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Dr. Addy’s works to date can be summed as an exercise in highlighting marginalized African voices and experiences in the African diaspora. Her research work at the doctoral level explored the personal colonial and postcolonial histories of Equatorial Guineans through the novels of Guinean authors living in exile, to understand the impact of colonialism on African dictatorship regimes, such as that in Equatorial Guinea.

Intertextuality, Robert Stam, postcolonialism, feminism