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Becoming true to ourselves : cultural decolonization and national identity in the literature of the Portuguese-speaking world /
Maria Luisa Nunes.
imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
description
xix, 94 p. ; 22 cm. --
ISBN
0313257264 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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imprint
New York : Greenwood Press, 1987.
isbn
0313257264 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
1237055
 
Bibliography: p. [83]-87.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1988-05:
Nunes (Portuguese, SUNY Stony Brook) introduces themes of cultural decolonization and national identity in Portugal, Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa. The chapters consist of historical surveys followed by subsections on language, women, race, and identity. Analysis is drawn from literary works illustrating the chosen themes. Although it covers a wide variety of information, the book is not successful, for Nunes's method of analysis is eclectic, and discussion jumps from one topic to another without development. Besides, in contrast with the detailed analyses of literary works, the historical surveys are highly simplified and contain numerous misstatements of fact. Sections on decolonization of women and the bibliography contain much useful information but are very short, and the topic of decolonization is often reduced to jargon. The writing suffers from a lack of transitions and is not always focused on the theme. The book should interest undergraduates in Third World studies, area studies, women's studies, and literary studies. A revised and expanded edition would be welcome.-K.D. Jackson, University of Texas at Austin
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"Nunes' conclusion is succinct and contains several original ideas. Unlike most writers, she claims that human interdependence is a fact that may have positive effects. . . . Becoming True to Ourselves is an outstanding work of research and presents insightful and original concerns about a topic that had not been studied previously but is of major importance." Rocky Mountain Review
Long Description
Nunes' conclusion is succinct and contains several original ideas. Unlike most writers, she claims that human interdependence is a fact that may have positive effects. . . . Becoming True to OurselveS≪/i> is an outstanding work of research and presents insightful and original concerns about a topic that had not been studied previously but is of major importance. Rocky Mountain Review Becoming True to OurselveS≪/i> is a penetrating exploration of literary strategies of decolonization in the Portuguese-speaking world. Divided into three parts, the analysis centers on an examination of the Portuguese, Brazilian, and African colonial experiences as viewed through the eyes of native contemporary writers over a 100-year span. This examination enables the author to uncover the fundamental relationship between cultural decolonization and national identity and reveals an unusually vital literary tradition that both reinforces and helps impel these nation's drives toward cultural, political, and economic independence.
Long Description
Becoming True to Ourselves is a penetrating exploration of literary strategies of decolonization in the Portuguese-speaking world. Divided into three parts, the analysis centers on an examination of the Portuguese, Brazilian, and African colonial experiences as viewed through the eyes of native contemporary writers over a 100-year span. This examination enables the author to uncover the fundamental relationship between cultural decolonization and national identity and reveals an unusually vital literary tradition that both reinforces and helps impel these nation's drives toward cultural, political, and economic independence.
Long Description
Nunes' conclusion is succinct and contains several original ideas. Unlike most writers, she claims that human interdependence is a fact that may have positive effects. . . . Becoming True to Ourselves is an outstanding work of research and presents insightful and original concerns about a topic that had not been studied previously but is of major importance. Rocky Mountain Review Becoming True to Ourselves is a penetrating exploration of literary strategies of decolonization in the Portuguese-speaking world. Divided into three parts, the analysis centers on an examination of the Portuguese, Brazilian, and African colonial experiences as viewed through the eyes of native contemporary writers over a 100-year span. This examination enables the author to uncover the fundamental relationship between cultural decolonization and national identity and reveals an unusually vital literary tradition that both reinforces and helps impel these nation's drives toward cultural, political, and economic independence.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Portugal Portugese Women and Decolonization Brazil Portugese Speaking Africa
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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