Memory and the contemporary postcolonial condition in José Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion

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Despite the significance of memory for the understanding of the postcolonial condition, the concept of postcolonial memory remains largely unaddressed by Postcolonial Studies. Through the analysis of the key role played by memory in A General Theory of Oblivion by the Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa, this chapter traces some of the reasons why memory seems to have been forgotten by mainstream postcolonial critics, and proposes that this oblivion is tied to the failure in considering the multi-layered structure of contemporary postcolonialities.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions
EditorsDirk Goettsche
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2019

Publication series

NameCultural Memories