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.
|Title of host publication||Media and the Portuguese Empire|
|Editors||José Luís Garcia, Chandrika Kaul, Filipa Subtil, Alexandra Santos|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||18|
|Publication status||Published - 9 Dec 2017|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media|
- Printing press
- Nineteenth century
- Twentieth century
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.