Identity(ies): A multicultural and Multidisciplinary Approach

Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra / Coimbra University Press
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 At a time when the world watches in horror the unfolding drama of millions of refugees and the anxiety of identity figures prominently among globalization’s many side effects, this is certainly a very timely book, with contributions that address the momentous issues at hand in ways that are not just varied but also surprisingly illuminating.

It seems only appropriate that the book starts and ends (“Whoever is not Greek is a barbarian”; “The Women of the Other and us”) with well contextualized, historical / theoretical reflexions on the unfailingly self-serving construction and ultimate appropriation of “the other”, be it the supposedly inarticulate savage of neighboring barbarian shores or the haunting background presence of Arab women - the barely acknowledged half of the West’s reified “Rest”. ln fact, although the chronological distance between the two historical moments is such as to discourage hasty generalizations, the continuities and the potential relevance are just too striking to be ignored.

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Ana Paula Arnaut is a Professor of Contemporary Portuguese Literature at the University of Coimbra. In addition to publications in several national and international journals, she has also published Memorial do Convento. História, Ficção e Ideologia (1996), Post-Modernismo no Romance Português Contemporâneo: Fios de Ariadne-Máscaras de Proteu (2002);

Homenagem a Cristóvão de Aguiar: 40 Anos de Vida Literária (org.) (2005),

José Saramago (2008), Entrevistas com António Lobo Antunes. 1979-2007.

Confissões do Trapeiro (ed.) (2008), António Lobo Antunes (2009),

António Lobo Antunes: a Crítica na Imprensa. 1980-2010. Cada um Voa como Quer (ed.) (2011). As Mulheres na Ficção de António Lobo Antunes. (In)variantes do Feminino (2012), Viagens do Carnaval: no Espaço, no Tempo, na Imaginação (co-editor with Maria Aparecida Ribeiro) (2014), O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis de José Saramago (2017).

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Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra / Coimbra University Press
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