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Autoficção e História: a hibridez do pacto de leitura em Estação das Chuvas de J. E. Agualusa
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics. Stockholms universitet.
2014 (Portuguese)In: XIXth Congrès des Romanistes scandinaves, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Autofiction and History: the hybridity of the narrative pact in Rainy Season by José Eduardo Agualusa


In several studies conducted in the last two decades, among others by Manuel Alberca (2007) and Philippe Gasparini (2004), a satisfactory definition of autofiction is proposed. The essential feature of autofictional narrative is, especially in the case of the first author, the ambiguity of the narrative pact proposed by the writer. The hybridity of the narrative pact, however, is also one of the striking features of the historical novel, especially in cases where the protagonist is a historical character, because this circumstance orientates towards a referential reading. The novel Rainy Season (1996) of the Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa develops a plot over several decades of Angolan history by a narrator whose identity seems to coincide with the author’s and at the same time devotes more than half of the chapters to the biography of an invented Angolan poet, sharing thus both the features of autofiction and historical novel. My communication is intended to argue towards dual genre identity and to show some devices that make it possible. Keywords:: Autofiction, autoficção, historical novel, romance histórico, José Eduardo Agualusa, Rainy Season, Estação das Chuvas, Angolan literature, literatura angolana.


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J. E. Agualusa, Rainy season, autofiction, historical novel
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José Eduardo Agualusa, Estação das Chuvas, autoficção, romance histórico
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115349OAI: diva2:796649
XIX Congresso de Romanistas Escandinavos
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