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Intersectional Literary Resistance: Exploring the Contemporary Prose of Afro-Lusophone Female Writers • pt 2

PART 2

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In conceptualizing Afro-futuristic imaginaries and the manner with which postcolonial writers bring them to life, I draw upon the ideological formation of communities in Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities. afro-futurism is the reimagining of African society that projects techno-futuristic possibilities. Anderson’s book explores the imaginary nature of national belonging and affirms the important role that literary and cultural objects and practices play in the construction and consolidation of collective identities. The term “imagined communities” situates literature in its social and historical contexts, removing it from the previous isolation and constraints of former research paradigms.

Thus, imagined communities are inseparable from the cultural and historical contexts from which they manifest, and are inherently intertwined in the reflections, musings, and resistance of postcolonial literary development as a whole. the writings of Afro-Lusophone women, both on the continent and in the diaspora, positions them as migratory subjects. their words traverse historical context, place, and time while channeling those experiences into Afro-futurist imaginings.

Their revolutionary writings inspire liberated spaces and futures for themselves and their communities. the literary art created by Afro-Lusophone women is useful in drafting liberated identities and materializing Afro-futuristic realities, namely existences free of the ideological and sociopolitical constraints enacted by the Portuguese colonial empire.

 

It is particularly interesting to assess these female writers’ reflections of postcolonial feminist ideology in context of lusotropicalism, Portugal’s longstanding social myth. Gilberto Freyre, a brazilian sociologist, coined the term in the early 1950s when he traveled throughout the Portuguese colonies by invitation of Portugal’s overseas minister, Sacramento Rodrigues. the concept perpetuates a mythologized image of the Portuguese.

The notion of Lusotropicalism proposes that the Portuguese possess greater adaptability to the tropics because of their alleged plasticity, rooted in their perceived adaptation to different climates, mobility, and ability to miscegenate. Miscegenation is the interbreeding of people from different racial groups. lusotropicalism bears weight in modern times as a catalyst for the reconstruction of identity. one in which, across the Afro-Lusophone polity, writers are tasked with creating a social conscious independent of Portugal’s claims of oneness with its former colonial subjects.

The imperialism-oriented pervasiveness of Lusotropicalist ideology is rooted in beliefs about European manliness, racial membership, sexual morality and domination, and the management of empire. thus, Afro-Lusophone female writers do not neglect the processes by which gender and sexuality are embedded in Portugal’s colonial legacies. The writing of Afro-Lusophone women rejects the notion of exceptional miscegenation and ultimately invokes a discussion of the relationship between feminism and the postcolonial state.

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Intersectional Literary Resistance: Exploring the Contemporary Prose of Afro-Lusophone Female Writers • pt 1

PART 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.

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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.

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