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The Global South Atlantic$
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Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823277872

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.001.0001

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Adrift Between Neoliberalism and the Revolution

Adrift Between Neoliberalism and the Revolution

Cape Verde and the South Atlantic in Germano Almeida’s Eva

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(p.225) Adrift Between Neoliberalism and the Revolution
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The Global South Atlantic
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Luís Madureira

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823277872.003.0012

This explores how the fraught and troubled historical links between sexuality and politics through a reading of Cape Verdean novelist Germano Almeida’s Eva. The paradox between the unrepeatable instance and its incessant “iterability” underpins the novel’s representation of two metaphorically linked domains of experience: politics and sexuality. I suggest that this repetitive or compulsive performativity relates directly to a sustained interrogation of the contradictory and often precarious dialogic entanglements that inform the constitution (or “performances”) of Cape Verdean (national, racial, gender) identity within a broad South Atlantic cultural and geopolitical space that encompasses not only Portugal (as the former colonial power), but also Brazil and continental Africa. Thus, the novel consistently refuses (sometimes in problematic ways) to fix identity in unequivocal terms and muddles the corporeal signs of absolute alterity that we routinely imagine to be located in the bodies of “others.”

Keywords:   Germano Almeida, Brazil, Cape Verde, national identity, politics, Portugal, sexuality

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