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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 archipelagoes in the former Portuguese empire but contemporaneously in the Portuguese-speaking world. In the 1930s, writers from both archipelagoes 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 archipelagoes 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 archipelagoes.

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


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