P07
The sea in Portuguese-language African literatures

Convenors:
Hilarino da Luz (CHAM-NOVA FCSH-UAc)
Location:
B1 1.12
Sessions:
Friday 19 July, 9:30-11:00

Short abstract:

In that sense, this panel intends to spark a discussion on the sea in Portuguese-speaking African Portuguese countries, mainly in literature.

Long abstract:

The Ocean covers 71% of the surface of the Planet and has a huge influence on the structure and dynamics of most ecosystems. It is shaped as a vast aquatic image, upon which indirect languages of nature are reflected. The sounds of the ocean and the rhythms of the tide move as catalytic agents of submerged memories, sorting out the fragments entrusted to the collective, legendary, memorable unconscious (Secco, 2000). That tie to the collective memory makes it acquire subjective connotations, as an itinerary for a return to the origins and for the thematic polyphony in writers from different countries. In this way, the sea is cosmically seen as a source of fecund energy, which makes it take on an important role in the different cartographies transcending the real borders of maps and promoting abstract places rolled out to literary, fantastic, and historical breadth. In the case of the intertwined relationships of lusophone countries, Celo Prudente considers that: "the geography, with the sea plexus in the main role, deeply sharpened the feeling for a life more distanced from institutional conformity, always doing so closer to the other, beyond one's own familiar institutional configurations" (AULP, 2015:233). In that sense, this panel intends to spark a discussion on the sea in Portuguese-speaking African Portuguese countries, mainly in literature.