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Understanding the Lusophone Atlantic

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The Lusophone Atlantic is a space in which goods, products, cultures, and human beings are traded, transported and transformed through the medium of the Portuguese language, which in turn undergoes changes and takes on new inflections as a result of it being used by people who do not necessarily have it as their native tongue. For most of the twentieth century, the response of the colonial periphery was to become increasingly important in the literatures of the Lusophone world, in particular in the dialogue between Brazilian literature and the emergent literary voices of Portuguese-speaking Africa. The Lusophone Atlantic is a cultural borderland, that is both peripheral and centre. Organisations such as the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) represent the politics of the Lusophone Atlantic and the wider Portuguese-speaking world, but what is important for cultural scholars is the residual and often invisible Portuguese presence in areas outside these political boundaries.

Keywords: Africa; Brazilian literature; community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP); Lusophone Atlantic; political boundaries



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