African Cultural Studies

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Luís Madureira

 Professor of African Cultural Studies and Spanish & Portuguese


Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Office Address: 1058 Van Hise
Office Phone: (608) 262-2093


Luso-Brazilian colonial and postcolonial studies, Modernism and Modernity in Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, early modern and colonial studies, theatre and performance in Africa.

Honors / Awards

2010 (Feb.-Dec.), Fulbright Teaching and Research Grant (Mozambique)

2009-2011, Vilas Associate Award (UW-Madison)

2006, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Samuel Stone Distinguished Alumnus Award

2005, 2006, Instituto dos Arquivos Nacionais / Torre do Tombo, Research fellowship

2004, Luso-American Foundation for Development, Research fellowship

Selected Publications

Cannibal Modernities: Postcoloniality and the Avant-garde in Brazilian and Caribbean Literature. Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2005.

Imaginary Geographies in Portuguese and Lusophone African Literature: Narratives of Discovery and Empire. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2007.

“Adrift Between Neoliberalism and the Revolution: Cape Verde and the South Atlantic in Germano Almeida’s Eva.” The Global South Atlantic. Eds. Kerry Bystrom and Joseph R. Slaughter. Under consideration by Fordham University Press.

Uma coisa fraterna [A Fraternal Thing]: Mia Couto’s Collaboration with the Mutumbela Gogo Theater Group in the 1980s.” Volume of Essays on Mozambican Writer Mia Couto. Grant Hamilton and David Huddart, eds. Forthcoming by James Currey Press.

“‘Where God is Like a Longing’: Theatre and Social Vulnerability in Mozambique.” Imagining Human Rights in Twenty-First Century Theater: Global Perspectives. Eds. Florián Becker, Paola Hernández and Brenda Werth. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013: 45-66.

“Lusofonia: From Infancy to Necrology, Or, the Peregrinations of a Floating Signifier.” Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies 25 (2013). Special issue: Lusofonia and its Futures: 66-81.

“‘A Flat Carnivalesque Intention of Being a Cannibal’,” Or, How (not) to read the Cannibal Manifesto.” Ellipsis 9 (2011): 13-33.


Mozambican theatre, Luso-African fiction and Portugal’s early modern empire.