Pepetela and the MPLA
The Ethical Evolution of a Revolutionary Writer

Phillip Rothwell

Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures 36

Legenda

30 April 2019  •  190pp

ISBN: 978-1-781887-21-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781887-22-6 (paperback, 2020)  •  RRP £9.99, $12.50, €12.50

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Angola's most acclaimed author, Pepetela (b. 1941), has been publishing fiction for over half a century. His work bears witness to the birth and monumental transformations of one of Africa's most resource-rich nations. A former guerrilla and member of the ruling MPLA (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola), Pepetela writes in response to the anti-colonial struggle, national independence, a decades-long civil war, a Marxist-Leninist experiment and Angola's acquiescence to the trends of globalization. In this wide-ranging study, Phillip Rothwell interrogates Pepetela's symbiotic and fraught relationship with the MPLA, the author's prescient critiques of the changes (and continuities) in Angola's political direction, and his ambiguous compromises made as a writer and militant, faced with the unpalatable choices of the Revolution and the male chauvinism of the Marxist New Man.

Phillip Rothwell is King John II Professor of Portuguese at Oxford University and a Fellow of St Peter's College.

Reviews:

  • ‘The result is a deft, nuanced and accomplished analysis not only of Pepetela and his most important works, but of contemporary Angola and the way that the MPLA has wielded its power... It is a landmark work of scholarship from one of the field’s most accomplished critics, and essential reading for scholars of Lusophone African cultures, Angolan social history and Luso-Brazilian and African literatures.’ — Lanie Millar, Bulletin of Spanish Studies 97.6, 2020, 1069-1070

Contents:

i-vi
Pepetela and the MPLA: Pepetela and the MPLA
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-x
Acknowledgements
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xi-xii
Pepetela’s Principal Works Referenced in This Book
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1-6
Introduction
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7-18
Chapter 1 the Problems of History Or A History of Problems
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19-33
Chapter 2 A Nation of New Men Or the Age-Old Abuse of A Woman’s Body
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34-48
Chapter 3 When the Writer Can Say What the Man Cannot: the Original Sin of 1977
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49-66
Chapter 4 Ideology, Nationality, Racism and Rape
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67-75
Chapter 5 the Dynamics of Girl Power Or the Selective Process of Myth-Making
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76-85
Chapter 6 the 1990s: Plus Ça Change
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86-94
Chapter 7 Failed Fathers, Phallic Futures and Commodified Children: the Dehumanization of Post-War Angola
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95-105
Chapter 8 the Ethical Challenges of History
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106-117
Chapter 9 the Ethics of Forgiveness
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118-133
Chapter 10 the American Bogeyman: Empire and the Terror Cell
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134-142
Chapter 11 Denationalized Dialogism and the Primordial Thing, Or Reconciling Beyond the Law of Capitalism
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143-160
Chapter 12 the Bourgeoisie, the City and the Loner
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161-161
Afterword
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162-170
Bibliography
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171-178
Index
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Rothwell, Phillip, Pepetela and the MPLA: The Ethical Evolution of a Revolutionary Writer, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019)

First footnote reference: 35 Phillip Rothwell, Pepetela and the MPLA: The Ethical Evolution of a Revolutionary Writer, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda, 2019), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Rothwell, p. 47.

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Rothwell, Phillip. 2019. Pepetela and the MPLA: The Ethical Evolution of a Revolutionary Writer, Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures, 36 (Cambridge: Legenda)

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