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Colonial and Post-Colonial Goan Literature in Portuguese

Woven Palms

Editor(s): Paul Michael Melo e Castro

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: Iberian and Latin American Studies

February 2019288 pages

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About The Book

This collection of essays brings together established scholars of Lusophone Goan literature from India, Brazil, Portugal and Great Britain. For the first time in English, this volume traces the key narrative works, authors and themes of this small but significant territory. Goa, a Portuguese colony between 1510 and 1961, was the site of a particular and particularly intense meeting of West and East. The problematic yet productive encounter between Europe and India that has characterised Goa’s history is a major theme in its literature, which affords important insights and material for post-colonial thought. Goan literature in Portuguese is the only significant Indian literature to have been written in a European language other than English and, as such, provides both a challenging point of comparison with anglophone Indian literature and a space to examine post-colonial theory often implicitly embedded in a British Indian colonial experience.


‘The traditions of thought associated with colonial and post-colonial Goan literature are long-lasting and diverse. However, while much in the area of post-colonial studies in India has addressed literary texts as central to a broader social and political understanding, in the scholarly work on Goa there has been a drift to remain in the realm of the discipline, both geographically and thematically. This book initiates a cosmopolitan dialogue not only with other literatures of India but also with other disciplines, challenging the borders of univocal academic location and thinking.’
- Professor Rosa Maria, ISCTE-University of Lisbon Institute


Series Editors’ Foreword
Notes on Contributors
Introduction: The Cartography of Goan Literature in Portuguese: One Language in a Multilingual Social Landscape – Paul Melo e Castro
The Story of Goan Literature in Portuguese: A Question of Terminology – Hélder Garmes and Paul Melo e Castro
Against British Rule and Indian Castes: The First Portuguese language Goan Novel, Os Brahmanes (1866) by Francisco Luís Gomes – Everton V. Machado
The Lives and Times of GIP and Francisco João da Costa – Sandra Ataíde Lobo
Echoes of Portuguese India in Goan Poets, 1893–1973 – K. David Jackson
In the Land of ‘Advogadomania’: The Representation of the Goan Provisionário in José da Silva Coelho’s Contos Regionais – Luís Pedroso de Lima Cabral de Oliveira
‘The Voice of Two Worlds’: Lusotropicalism in the Context and Reception of Vimala Devi’s Súria – Duarte Drumond Braga
Women without Men in Vimala Devi’s Monção – Cielo Giselda Festino
Women’s Worlds in Women’s Words: Poetry and Memory in Vimala Devi and Eunice De Souza – Joana Passos
Science over Superstition? The Representation of the Social World of the Novas Conquistas in Bodki (1962) by Agostinho Fernandes – Eufemiano Miranda and Paul Melo e Castro
Sem Flores Nem Coroas: Reflections on the Play by Orlando Da Costa – M. Filomena de Brito Gomes Rodrigues
The Dregs Populating the Village of Santana: Rural Goa in Three Stories by Epitácio Pais – Paul Melo e Castro
Writing from within the Father’s House and beyond: Goan Women Writing in Different Historical Spaces – Edith Noronha Melo Furtado

About the Editor(s)

Paul Michael Melo e Castro

Paul Melo e Castro is a lecturer in Portuguese and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, where he teaches on both programmes and researches on subjects across literature, film and photography.

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