P33
Literatures: theory, critique and production

Convenors:
Susete Albino (CHAM, NOVA FCSH, UAc)
Location:
B1 0.08
Sessions:
Wednesday 17 July, 15:00-16:30, 17:00-18:30

Short abstract:

In this panel we welcome contributions on literary creation and history, critique and theoretical approaches to African authors and literatures.

Long abstract:

African literature is a fundamental part of cultural expression either through oral or written transmission. It is a way of assuring social cohesion in many cases and it responds to the different cycles of social and political changes as well. During colonial times it was a tool of resistance and a core part of that history as it contributed to expose situations of domination and violence still relevant as texts pass on to the present generations. With the independences literature became the expression of different forms of reflection on future societies, collective choices, critical readings on leadership. But African literatures have also brought major changes in the ways we perceive innovation in writing, in genre creation and in literary theory. Such heritage is a fundamental part of what world literature is today and should be considered as an inspiring archive of change. In this panel we welcome contributions on literary creation and history, critique and theoretical approaches to African authors and literatures.