Literatures of São Tomé, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau

Academic year
Subject Area
Portuguese Language Literature
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

In addition to the lecture classes, with multimedia support, this discipline focuses on a variety of interactive formats for working in pairs or groups, and guided debates. Oral presentations by students are part of this interactive teaching method and provide for a discussion phase. It is mandatory to read literary works at home before the respective classes.

Learning Outcomes

- To know in general terms the literary history of the three countries in question, the main movements and authors, some canonical texts and others more recent, as well as some cultural elements beyond the strictly literary context (e.g. films, music, painting).

- To understand the main topics of these literature and the respective theoretical debates.

- To develop a critical thinking around the works approached, based on both theoretical concepts from the scope of literary studies, and a historical awareness of the legacy of colonialism and the new problems arising in the post-independence era.

Work Placement(s)



The course focuses on the literature of São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau. It is organized in three interconnected blocks, taking these three countries as a starting point. Each block begins with an introduction to the history, society and culture of the country in question, followed by an approach to literary history (the main movements, magazines, anthologies). Works of different genres (poetry, short story, romance, theater) as well as films and, to a lesser extent, other cultural manifestations (music, painting) will be studied. Both canonical and recent works are part of the program, respecting the chronological evolution of topics and currents, from the colonial era to post-independence. The analysis of the works is accompanied by the reading of selected bibliography at home. It is up to the professor to select the works to be covered in each academic year.

Head Lecturer(s)

Doris Wieser

Assessment Methods

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%

Periodic Assessment
Frequency: 50.0%
Project: 50.0%



Chabal, P. et al. (orgs) (1996). The Postcolonial Literature of Lusophone Africa. Hurst & Co.

Hamilton, R. (1984). Literatura africana, literatura necessária, II – Moçambique, Cabo Verde, Guiné Bissau, São Tomé e Príncipe. Edições 70.

Laranjeira, P. (1995). Literatura africana de expressão portuguesa. Com I. Mata e E. Rodrigues dos Santos. Universidade Aberta.

Leite, A. M. et al. (orgs) (2018). Nação e Narrativa Pós-Colonial III – Literatura & Cinema Cabo Verde, Guiné Bissau e São Tomé e Príncipe. Lisboa: Colibri.

Mata, I. (2010). Polifonias insulares. Cultura e literatura de São Tomé e Príncipe. Lisboa: Colibri.

Ribeiro, M. C. & Jorge, S. R. (orgs) (2011). Literaturas insulares: Leituras e escritas de Cabo Verde e São Tomé e Príncipe. Afrontamento.

Ribeiro, M. C. & Semedo, O. C. (orgs) (2011). Literaturas da Guiné-Bissau. Afrontamento.

Secco, C. T. et al. (orgs) (2010). África, escritas literárias: Angola, Cabo Verde, Guiné-Bissau, Moçambique, São Tomé e Príncipe. UFRJ/UEA.