ABIL Association of British and Irish Lusitanists

  • Raquel Ribeiro (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


"Writing (from) the Angolan “South”: Angola-Brazil-Europe in the ethno-poetic journeys of Ruy Duarte de Carvalho Poet, anthropologist, film director, fiction writer, the Portuguese-born Angolan Ruy Duarte de Carvalho (1941-2010) was one of the few writers in Portuguese that established a de facto cultural and epistemological triangle between Europe, Africa and the Americas. His writings and films echo a search for an “Other” in the mirror in which he always projected himself. His “ethno-poetry” (as he calls it) “travels” between genres – his fiction mimics his journeys which, in turn, are revealed in the films, as we witness in A câmara, a escrita e a coisa dita (2008). Moreover, his work embodies what could be today defined as a “Lusophone” epistemology, a nomadic trans-Atlantic space of un-belonging. If writing from a white-man and European-eyed perspective always put him in a “Northern” position of power, Ruy Duarte de Carvalho managed to invert the (post)colonial map by writing from-and-with the South. His work in the Namibe desert, in southern Angola, portrayed in Vou Lá Visitar Pastores (1999), reflects an “anthropology of borderlands” (Marc Augé) essential to understand contemporary concepts of border, belonging, tradition and alterity. This article will thus address some of Ruy Duarte de Carvalho’s works (fiction, poetry and essay) in the light of a post-colonial thinking which re-centers the gaze from the South (Boaventura de Sousa Santos) therefore questioning (in the Portuguese-speaking world) an official reading of the Angolan nation.
Period8 Sep 2015
Event typeConference
LocationExeter, United KingdomShow on map


  • Angola
  • Angolan Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Ruy Duarte de Carvalho
  • Travel Writing