Literary creativity and political debate: The case of African journals Mensagem and Notícias do Imbondeiro

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Abstract

This contribution aims at elaborating on the ties between creativity, intended as the ability to create new meanings through literature, and politics, in the Angolan literary sphere of the 1960s. The dispute between Mensagem of Casa dos Estudantes do Império and Notícias do Imbondeiro went way beyond literary
debate. Though centred primarily on current literary production and dissemination, both publications engaged in a heated debate on activism and anti-colonial struggle. Contradictions became thereof apparent. At the time, what was at stake was, in fact, a struggle on the part of a cultural elite on how to combine theoretical thought grounded in Africa, artistic creation (notably through the multiple representations of African imaginary), whilst setting an agenda for the boundaries of activism. The arguments of Carlos Ervedosa and Leonel Cosme, representing the two editorial projects and their contrasting positions, as much as the ones of Alfredo Margarido - who anonymously wrote essays on the Boletim of C.E.I. -, constitute in this paper a point of departure for the understanding of the cultural background of the Angolan and Portuguese 60s, their contradictions and ambivalences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligence, Creativity and Fantasya
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress (PHI 2019), October 7-9, 2019, Paris, France
EditorsMário S. Ming Kong, Maria do Rosário Monteiro, Maria João Pereira Neto
PublisherCRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group
Pages463-468
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780367277192
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019 - "Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy" - Sorbonne Nouvelle University, Paris, France
Duration: 7 Oct 20199 Oct 2019
Conference number: 5
http://phi.fa.ulisboa.pt/phi2019/index.php/en/

Publication series

NamePHI
PublisherCRC Press

Conference

Conference5th International Multidisciplinary Congress PHI 2019 - "Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasy"
Abbreviated titleIntelligence, Creativity and Fantasy
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period7/10/199/10/19
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Keywords

  • Africa
  • Journals
  • literature
  • representations
  • nationalisms

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Alfieri, N. (2019). Literary creativity and political debate: The case of African journals Mensagem and Notícias do Imbondeiro. In M. S. M. Kong, M. D. R. Monteiro, & M. J. P. Neto (Eds.), Intelligence, Creativity and Fantasya: Proceedings of the 5th International Multidisciplinary Congress (PHI 2019), October 7-9, 2019, Paris, France (pp. 463-468). (PHI). CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group.