Ethnography, Identity, and Memory in Lusophone Fiction
Concepts of the self, closeness, identity, and likeness in prose works from Angola and Portugal. Focus is on the ethnographic memoirs of Angolan novelist and director Ruy Duarte de Carvalho and Portuguese novelist and playwright Raul Brandão in reference to Châteaubriand¿s notion of each person as a "little world" and the idea of each self¿s "defining community." Students will develop a deeper understanding of collective personhood and work to challenge intuitive conceptions of the relation between what we are and what we care about. Readings also include selections from Claude Lévi-Strauss, Walter Benjamin, and Danielle Allen.