Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures of Africa (Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2019 Convention)
Organization: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Event: Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) 2019 Convention
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 panel seeks to examine the literature 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. Possible discussion topics include but are not limited to: legacies of colonialism, traditions vs challenge /change, evolving roles of women, preservation of memory, rural vs urban life, civil wars, and power struggles. Submissions will be accepted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
This panel examines the literature of the African nations colonized by Spain and Portugal to demonstrate the complexity and heterogeneity of these countries in their attempts to establish a post-colonial identity.
Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and must be submitted by September 30. To submit an abstract, please create a free account through the NEMLA online portal (https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/login). The conference takes place March 21-24, 2019 in Washington D.C.