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Construction of enemies: semantics of Portuguese colonialism and its appropriation for literature

Grant number: 10/09174-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): September 06, 2010
Effective date (End): February 05, 2011
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Other Vernacular Literatures
Principal Investigator:Tania Celestino de Macedo
Grantee:Tania Celestino de Macedo
Host Investigator: Isabel Carmona Barreto Ramos Dias de Castro Henriques
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal  


The research that takes place primarily in the field of intersection between literature and history is already in progress (from readings made, research in libraries and collections in Brazil and visits to Internet sites and database-Portuguese Sirius Porbase) examine various kinds of material (newspapers, magazines, manuals, literacy, books and films) produced between 1945 and 1975 in Portugal, aiming to prepare a semantics of Portuguese colonialism in the past twenty-five years of its existence. In the case of newspapers, special attention will be given to "balance of the year colonial" or "balance of the year overseas," special supplement that was published at the end of each year after 1950 and the material produced and distributed by the two Portuguese news agencies built in the shadow of the Salazar regime: the Lusitania and the ANI (News and Information Agency). From the data collected, it is intended, at first, see how they built the enemy of the Portuguese empire. A second step of the proposed work aims at the semantic analysis of how that is articulated in the novels produced by so-called "colonial literature," published by the competitions sponsored by the Salazar regime, seeking to propaganda of colonialism. And, conversely, as in the novels by Angolan nationalists made the signs are reversed and (de) construct the speech of another enemy to articulate the (re) build (AU)

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