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Joao Paulo Borges Coelho e Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa: dialogue between literature and historical narrative in Mozambique.

Grant number: 18/04573-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): February 01, 2019
Effective date (End): March 31, 2023
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Literature Theory
Principal Investigator:Elena Brugioni
Grantee:Fernanda Bianca Gonçalves Gallo
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):19/26408-2 - Does literature enter where history does not reach? The literary debate and historiographic production in Mozambique (1984-2019), BE.EP.PD


The present proposal aims at discussing the literary projects of Mozambican writers and historians João Paulo Borges Coelho and Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa and their intersections with post-independence historical narrative, still focused on the struggle for liberation. Through their oeuvres that introduce characters, events, documents, and forgotten memories, both authors discuss the official history and provide a new interpretative path concerning Mozambican historical experience. Analyzing history through literary has direct implications in the Mozambican context, wherein distinct groups still claim a place in the official memory and access to power and national wealth. In view of understanding the tense relationship between Mozambican history, memory, and politics, the oeuvre of Borges Coelho e Ba Ka Khosa will be analysed, together with other relevant publications, such as papers and press news. In addition, interviews with both authors and documentary research at the Mozambican Association of Writers (AEMO) will be conducted.

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