Accepted paper:

Literature, cinema and nation project in Angola


Francisco Ewerton Almeida Santos (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina)

Paper short abstract:

The paper analyzes the novel The Real Life of Domingos Xavier, by José Luandino Vieira, and his film adaptation Sambizanga, directed by Sarah Maldoror, works produced in the context of the struggle for the decolonization of Angola, of which both writer and filmmaker were militants.

Paper long abstract:

This paper aims to analyze the relationship between literature and cinema in Angola by addressing Luandino Vieira 's novel The Real Life of Domingos Xavier (1961), his adaptation of Sambizanga (1972) by Sarah Maldoror. To this end, the context of the struggle for the decolonization of Angola, in which book and film, as well as the third-world cinema of the 60s and 70s of the twentieth century, will be addressed. We will note how the anticolonialist ideology of works is reflected in the representation of the world through the eyes of the subaltern subject. In addition, it will be investigated how the recovery of popular oral forms, their relation with the African telluric mysticism and their insertion in a project of nation, in narratives that allegorize a teleological conception of the national history: tellus and telos. Thus, it will be carried through the fields of the Studies of the adaptation, Subaltern and postcolonial Studies.

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African colonization and decolonization in li̇terature