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The Eruption of Insular Identities

A Comparative Study of Azorean and Cape Verdean Prose

In the Series
The Portuguese-Speaking World: Its History, Politics and Culture

Brianna Medeiros is an independent scholar from Providence, Rhode Island. The daughter of an Azorean immigrant father and American mother, her passion for her Portuguese heritage led her to pursue her degrees in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, where she earned her BA, MA, and Ph.D. She has dedicated her studies to the areas of Azorean and Cape Verdean literatures, as well as Portuguese-American literature.

The Eruption of Insular Identities explores themes common to the literatures of the Azores and Cape Verde, two isolated archipelagos in the former Portuguese empire but contemporaneously in the Portuguese-speaking world. In the 1930s, writers from both archipelagos initiated projects to explore açorianidade and caboverdianidade, firmly placing narratives within their respective regional spaces, a tradition that would be continued by following generations. Despite vast differences in the realities in the two archipelagos in terms of race and politics, the insularity lent itself to two bodies of literature with striking similarities. The author’s aim is to set out these similarities as a means to understanding the differences in rhetoric and treatment of this commonality. Earlier scholarly work has suggested the comparison, but this book is the first extensive study comparing the literatures of the two archipelagos.

Within the field of Lusophone studies, the study of Lusophone African literatures are gaining international literary appeal. Cape Verdean writer Germano Almeida won the Prémio Camões in 2018, one of the most prestigious awards for Portuguese-language authors. His work is explored extensively in the volume. The Eruption of Insular Identities provides a perspective on Cape Verdean literature that brings to the fore the nation’s social reality and literary production – its individual insularity – which distances it from most of the other Lusophone African nations. And it provides an in-depth comparison to the second region under study, the Azores.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-963-0
Hardback Price: £75.00 / $89.95
Release Date: September 2020
Page Extent / Format: 272 pp. 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: No



Series Editors' Preface  
The Maps

Establishing Connections between Two Archipelagos
Claridade and Writers of the Azores: The Cape Verdean
  Influence in Azorean Literature
Açorianidade and Caboverdianidade
Regional versus National Identity
Aim of the Project and Organization of Chapters

Chapter One
Race and Politics: Similar Trajectories, Contrasting Results
Race in Cape Verdean Literature: 1930s–1980s
Political Rhetoric in Cape Verdean and Azorean Literature:
Transition to Modernity in Azorean and Cape Verdean
 Literature: 1980s to the present
Concluding Reflections

Chapter Two
Expressing Açorianidade and Caboverdianidade: The Uses and Functions of Local Speech
Vitorino Nemésio and Baltazar Lopes: Pioneers in Representing
  Local Speech
More on the Use of Creole and Orality in Cape Verdean
  Literature: The Cases of Manuel Ferreira, Onésimo Silveira,
  and Orlanda Amarílis
Further Reflections on Phonetic Representation, Archaisms,
  and Other Localisms in Azorean literature: The Cases of Dias
  de Melo and Daniel de Sá
Outside Perspectives of Non-standard Speech: A Lisboeta in
  São Miguel in "Algo como um regresso a casa"
Oral Histories of Place and Local Speech: Cristóvão de
  Aguiar's Raíz Comovida and Germano Almeida's
  Ilha Fantástica
Concluding Reflections

Chapter Three
The Land, the Sea, and the Climate: The Role of Geography
and Man's Affective Attachment to the Land
The Role of Geography in Cape Verdean Prose
The Role of Geography in Azorean Prose
The Land as a Namesake: Pedras Negras and Ilhéu dos Pássaros

Chapter Four
To Stay or to Depart?: The Dilemma of Emigration
The Tendency to Stay: Partir/Ficar in the Trajectory of Cape
  Verdean Literature
The Tendency to Leave: Partir/Ficar in the Trajectory of
  Azorean Literature
Chuva Braba and Ilha Grande Fechada: Tensions between
  Staying and Leaving

Final Reflections

Works Cited

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