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Intercultural Crossings

Marques, Lénia / Pimentel Biscaia, Maria Sofia / Bastos, Glória (eds.)

Intercultural Crossings

Conflict, Memory and Identity

Series: Europe des cultures / Europe of cultures - Volume 4

Year of Publication: 2012

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 208 pp.
ISBN 978-90-5201-816-4 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.290 kg, 0.639 lbs

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Book synopsis

Intercultural crossings, which are at the core of our contemporary society, are underpinned and shaped by three essential elements: time, space and people. Such encounters and interactions have the capacity not only to promote diversity and a healthy exchange of ideas, but also to act as a catalyst for conflict.
This volume examines the topics of conflict, memory and identity through a collection of insightful viewpoints and perspectives, reflecting a diversity of cultural and social backgrounds, which combine to give a contemporary interdisciplinary analysis of cultural interactions and their effects. The themes covered by the authors, such as memory and forgetfulness, migration, ecological concerns, mixed cultural landscapes, storytelling, postcolonial trauma and internal struggles for identity, offer the reader a fascinating glimpse into the ongoing and evolving social debate about identity and purpose.


Contents: Lénia Marques/Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia/Glória Bastos: Introduction – João Luís Jesus Fernandes: Dynamics of Cultural Landscapes, Identities and Diffusion Processes – Christian Hummelsund Voie: Permeable Borderlines: Discovering an Ecocritical and Architectural Ecotone – Joana Miranda: Women’s Journeys to Portugal: Identitary Reconstructions and Memories of the Country of Origin – Belén Martín-Lucas: «The Heaviness of a History that Couldn’t Leave»: Diasporic Trauma in Multicultural Canada – Rosa Maria Sequeira: Stories of Lebanese Migration in Brazilian Literature – Glória Bastos: Revisiting History and Identity: National Heroes in Contemporary Portuguese Theatre – Manuela Malheiro Ferreira/Manuela Tavares: School Manuals in Estado Novo: The Reproduction of a Sexist and Colonialist Culture – Maria Isabel João: The Colonial Journey: Confrontations between Europe and Africa – Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia: Colluding Strokes: Imperialistic Brutality and Affection in André Brink’s The Other Side of Silence – Joana Passos: Heart of Violence and Healing Words: Europe, Decolonization and Mobility – Lars Jensen: From Anglophone to Danophone Postcolonialism: The Difficulties of Developing a Critique – Lénia Marques: Creating Stories, Mapping Memories: Nicolas Bouvier at Intercultural Crossings – Dionísio Vila Maior: Bakhtinian Dialogism and the Adding of Meaning.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Lénia Marques has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Studies on Migration and Intercultural Relations, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, since 2008. She holds a PhD in comparative literature (fragmentary writing in the avant-garde). Her current research focuses on comparative literature and on cultural tourism. Her recent publications include papers on travel literature, literature and the arts, literary tourism and creative tourism.
Maria Sofia Pimentel Biscaia teaches translation studies at the New University of Lisbon. She holds a PhD from the University of Aveiro. She is the coordinator of the bilingual project Terminological Dictionary of Postcolonial Literary Theory. She has conducted interdisciplinary research in the fields of visual, gender and postcolonial studies and is the author of the book Postcolonial and Feminist Grotesque: Texts of Contemporary Excess (2011).
Glória Bastos is a professor in the Department of Education and Distance Learning at the Portuguese Open University, Universidade Aberta, Lisbon, where she teaches children’s literature. She received a PhD in Portuguese studies for a thesis on theatre for children. She has published several books and articles about children’s literature, reading promotion and school libraries. She is on the academic board of the Portuguese National Reading Plan.


Europe of cultures. Vol. 4
General Editors: Léonce Bekemans, Gabriel Fragnière and Jacques Steiwer