The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2010

Lecture “Literature and Identity: Reflections of a Cape Verdean Writer” by Cape Verdean Author Germano Almeida

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM.
Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area (parking lot 13)

Free and open to the public

Germano AlmeidaThe University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Consul General of Cape Verde in Boston, the UMass Boston Graduate Program in Applied Linguistics, the UMD School of Education, Public Policy and Civic Engagement, and the Department of Portuguese announce a lecture entitled, “Literature and Identity: Reflections of a Cape Verdean Writer” by acclaimed author Germano Almeida. The lecture—free and open to the public—will be held in the Claire T. Carney Library Browsing Area (parking lot 13), on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 2:00 PM.

Mr. Almeida will speak on the topic of literature and identity as it relates to Cape Verde. As the author affirms, “Cape Verde is a small country of about 500,000. Despite this fact, it is possible to claim the existence of a national literature rooted in the Cape Verdeans’ struggle against a cruel environment that in turn provided the opportunity for the emergence of a new identity in a society profoundly interracial. Cape Verdean intellectuals, particularly those of the Claridoso group, dared to assert this new unique identity, which over time has come to be respected as a great contribution to humanity.”

Germano Almeida was born on the island of Boavista in Cape Verde. He earned a degree in law at the University of Lisbon and practices in the city of Mindelo. He began his literary career in the early 1980s as a short story writer for the magazine Ponto & Vírgula. However, it was the publication of O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno da Silva Araújo in 1991, by the Caminho publishing house in Lisbon (which also publishes José Saramago),that garnered the resounding praise of critics and catapulted Almeida on to the international literary scene with English, French, and Italian editions. The novel was translated into English as The Last Will and Testament of Senhor da Silva Araújo, having been published in 2004 by the prestigious New Directions Publishing Corporation in New York City. The novel was also the inspiration for an eponymous award-winning feature motion picture. Almeida is the author of over 10 books including A Ilha Fántastica, O Mar na Lajinha, and most recently Eva. This is the author’s first visit to the United States.

The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture is grateful to the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University for having organized Germano Almeida’s visit to the United States.

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