Imagem da Lisboa pós-colonial em Memória de Elefante de António Lobo Antunes

Title in English Image of postcolonial Lisbon in Elephants Memory by António Lobo Antunes


Year of publication 2016
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Études romanes de Brno
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Digitální knihovna FF MU
Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords urban images; heterotopy
Description The article focuses on urban images depicted in the novel Elephant´s Memory (1979) by António Lobo Antunes. We propose an analysis based on two representational modes which can be defined as “real city” (images of “visible” city, situated in the postcolonial era) and “imaginary city” (images of city, read as a patchwork of myths and various types of discourse). The “real city”, besides referring to some existing places in Lisbon, contains a spatial item – a psychiatric hospital – that could be perceived as a (postcolonial) heterotopy. The “imaginary city”, connected to the night passage through the city – a symbolic demand for the self and the Other –, reveals some mythical images and textual crossing that enrich the postcolonial imaginary of the Portuguese capital.

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