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Women of the Brown Atlantic: Real and Imaginary Passages in Portuguese 1711-2011

Project type

Literature and oral culture


February 2017


University of Exeter

This research project aims to develop a pioneering theoretical model that draws on the metaphor of the rainbow, derived from a Brazilian popular saying that is traceable to West and Central African mythology, and present in the work of three key Afro-Brazilian women writers: Carolina Maria de Jesus, Conceição Evaristo and Ana Maria Gonçalves. Zooming in on a three-century relationship between Brazil, Africa and Portugal as its object of inquiry, it will deliver new perspectives on memory making and black female movement that are attentive to gender difference and queer identities, as well as regional, national and transnational affiliations.

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