Literature Against the Empire: Narratives of the Nation in the Textbook História de Angola and in the Novel Yaka

Alexandra Santos, Filipa Subtil

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Abstract

This chapter offers an original argument regarding the contribution of ethno-history to Angolan nationalism. In the mid-1960s, a group of intellectuals committed to the cause of the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) forged a counter-narrative to the epics disseminated by the coloniser and created a new ethno-history of Angola that supported the nationalists’ claim for independence. This chapter examines their major accomplishment, the textbook História de Angola, as well as Pepetela’s novel Yaka, in order to understand how the myths and heroes these narratives convey have provided legitimacy for the MPLA. The chapter also analyses more obscure aspects embedded in these founding narratives, such as a praising of violence and the demonisation of ethnicity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedia and the Portuguese Empire
EditorsJosé Luís Garcia, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil, Alexandra Santos
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Chapter17
Pages309-326
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-61792-3
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-61791-6
Publication statusPublished - 9 Dec 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in the History of the Media

Keywords

  • Printing press
  • Newspapers
  • Communication
  • Colonialism
  • Nationalism
  • Nineteenth century
  • Twentieth century

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    Santos, A., & Subtil, F. (2017). Literature Against the Empire: Narratives of the Nation in the Textbook História de Angola and in the Novel Yaka. In J. L. Garcia, C. Kaul, F. Subtil, & A. Santos (Eds.), Media and the Portuguese Empire (pp. 309-326). (Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media). Palgrave Macmillan.