This study interrogates a series of utopian projections that have informed Portuguese and Luso-African letters and culture since the Renaissance. Concentrating on three crucial historical moments - Portugal's tenuous hegemony in the Asian seas in the 16th century, the collapse of its colonial empire in the mid-1970s, and finally, the post-independence period of re-evaluating nationalisms in Africa - the study examines the familiar "long narrative" which casts the Portuguese Discoveries as an inaugural and enabling event in Europe's conquest of the world.
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Luis Madureira is Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.Review:
"... This is comparative literature at its best - and one can only hope that readers from outside the usual-suspects circle of academics specializing in Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies will recognize it as well...." - Professor Anna Klobucka, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth"
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Book Description Edwin Mellen Pr, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0773454837