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Lusophone Africa

Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independence

Fernando Arenas
Copyright Date: 2011
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 344
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    Lusophone Africa
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    Lusophone Africa is a study of the contemporary cultural production of Portuguese-speaking Africa and its critical engagement with globalization in the aftermath of colonialism, especially since the advent of multiparty politics and market-oriented economies. Fernando Arenas puts forth a conceptual framework for understanding, for the first time, recent cultural and historical developments in Portuguese-speaking Africa.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-7485-5
    Subjects: Music

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Abbreviations
    (pp. ix-x)
  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  5. Introduction Lusophone Africa within the Global and the Postcolonial
    (pp. xv-xxxviii)

    Lusophone africa: beyond independenceis a study of the contemporary cultural production of Portuguese-speaking Africa and its critical engagement with the processes of globalization and the aftermath of colonialism, especially since the advent of multiparty politics and the market-oriented economy.Lusophone Africa: Beyond Independenceoffers a multidisciplinary approach drawing from the fields of popular music, film, literature, cultural history, geopolitics, and critical theory. It provides a conceptual framework through which to understand recent cultural and historical developments in Portuguese-speaking Africa as a whole and in its parts: Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Furthermore, it explores...

  6. Chapter 1 African, Portuguese, and Brazilian Interconnections The Lusophone Transatlantic Matrix
    (pp. 1-44)

    The objective of this chapter is to offer a critical framework providing historical, geopolitical, discursive, and cultural coordinates in order to understand the emergence and development of Lusophone African nations within the larger context of the Portuguese-speaking world and in relationship to Portugal and Brazil. The nations comprising the “Lusophone transatlantic matrix” have been interconnected for several centuries through the experience of Portuguese colonialism and the slave trade that simultaneously involved Portugal, various regions of West, Central and East Africa, and colonial as well as independent Brazil. These historical phenomena and actors were key to the rise of Western modernity...

  7. Chapter 2 Cesária Évora and the Globalization of Cape Verdean Music
    (pp. 45-102)

    This chapter offers a critic alanalysis of the nexus between globalization, the world music industry, and Cape Verdean contemporary music through the rise of world music phenomenon Cesária Évora. It posits popular music as a centerpiece for the interpretation of Cape Verdean postcolonial reality both as a diasporic nation and as a nation-state. This study argues that the globalization of Cape Verdean music has taken place largely, but not exclusively, through the worldwide commodification of the music sung by Cesária Évora. At the same time, it explores the objective circumstances that have led to such a commodification process as well...

  8. Chapter 3 Lusophone Africa on Screen After Utopia and before the End of Hope
    (pp. 103-158)

    This chapter reviews films produced in Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola, and Cape Verde since the implementation of the market economy model and the opening toward multiparty politics since the late 1980s. It focuses on specific directors and films that intervene in the historical, political, socioeconomic, and cultural dimensions of recently formed nation-states and societies still in transition, where the destiny of the nation and that of Africa in general are irreversibly tied to the mixed legacies of colonialism, the paradoxes and perils of postcolonialism, and the pressures and promises brought forth by globalization. These not only influence the thematic content of...

  9. Chapter 4 Angolan Literature After Independence and under the Shadow of War
    (pp. 159-200)

    Arguably, angola has boasted the largest volume of literary production as far as Portuguese-speaking Africa is concerned. Literature has provided Angola, and to varying degrees the rest of Lusophone Africa, the stage for imagining and representing nationhood during late colonialism, the passage to independence, and subsequent historical periods. This chapter offers a critical exploration of a number of Angolan fictional works published for the most part between 2000 and 2006, which creatively and eloquently address the aftermath of colonialism and civil war, paying special attention to the question of social justice and the travails of reconstruction and democratization, bearing in...

  10. Conclusion
    (pp. 201-204)

    Lusophone africa : beyond independenceparts from the premise that in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries the myriad phenomena associated with globalization and postcolonialism have become inextricably intertwined with the consolidation of market capitalism on a planetary scale. It argues that while Africa has not been absent from the processes of globalization, these have resulted in a highly uneven development across the continent where most nations have remained suppliers of raw materials (particularly mineral wealth), much like they were under colonialism. Today the dominant paradigm in most nations throughout sub-Saharan Africa is that of dependent capitalism, where the...

  11. Notes
    (pp. 205-242)
  12. Works Cited
    (pp. 243-268)
  13. Permissions
    (pp. 269-270)
  14. Index
    (pp. 271-304)
  15. Back Matter
    (pp. 305-305)