Intersectional Literary Resistance: Exploring the Contemporary Prose of Afro-Lusophone Female Writers • pt 1
Creative prose provides a means of resistance to reappropriate and repurpose the language of the oppressor and draft Afro-futuristic imaginaries of liberation, resistance, and self-determination. Inspired by my time spent in Portugal and my continuous study of emancipatory literature in the global black community, this series will highlight female writers in the Afro-Lusophone polity who root their interpretations of race, gender, and identity in context of Portugal’s ever looming colonial legacy. I will include excerpts of literature from different female writers in the Afro-Lusophone world and ultimately present discourse on the resistance mechanisms employed in their writing.
By intertwining discussions of political history and identity I will explore the ways postcolonial feminism inspires black liberation in global societies. these female writers use their words to foster a nuanced view of what true independence can look like globally if we work to deconstruct the tangible and intangible ramifications of colonial legacies. As they write about topics tied to their lived realities and share revolutionary views of self-determination in the face of racism, sexism, and classism, a new type of liberation ensues. It is one that positions women as viable disseminators of truth, creators of art, and gatekeepers to intersectional manifestations of Afro-futuristic visions.