Literary journals and anti-colonial struggle: the insurgent geographies of connection of the Casa Dos Estudantes do Império

literary journals

This paper will focus on Mensagem, a literary and political journal published by African writers and students in Lisbon between 1946 and 1964. I argue for the significance of the journal form in postcolonial literary histories, and, focussing on the connections between Mensagem and the Paris-based journal Présence Africaine, consider how and why what David Featherstone has called the “insurgent geographies of connection shaped between anticolonial activists” can inform contemporary comparative postcolonial studies.

Dr. Reza has recently completed her DPhil on anti-colonialism and literary journals in French and Portuguese


The Long History of Identity, Ethnicity and Nationhood

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