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Postcolonial Perspectives on the Cultures of Latin America and Lusophone Africa$
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Robin Fiddian

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235668

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313851

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Colonial Crosswords: (In)voicing the Gap in Mia Couto

Colonial Crosswords: (In)voicing the Gap in Mia Couto

(p.191) Chapter Eight Colonial Crosswords: (In)voicing the Gap in Mia Couto
Postcolonial Perspectives on the Cultures of Latin America and Lusophone Africa

Maria Manuel Lisboa

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers Mia Couto's narratives. Couto's status questions the politics of representation in a postcolonial society which emerged from five hundred years of imperial and colonial occupation into a state of civil war. This chapter addresses Couto's fragile subject status through the prism of the canonical insights of Homi Bhabha. It signalises Ascolino's fearful failure to exploit the stratagems of subversive mimicry which are so important a part of Bhabha's analysis of colonial subjectivity. It discusses ‘De como se vazou a vida de Ascolino do Perpétuo Socorro’ and ‘O último aviso do corvo falador’.

Keywords:   Mia Couto, politics, postcolonial society, civil war, Perpétuo Socorro, language, Ascolino, Homi Bhabha

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