(forthcoming:) “Mia Couto and his African context: Invention of an origin”, The Worlds of Mia Couto, Kristian Van Haesendock (ed.), Peter Lang, 2019.
The main line of argumentation in this chapter traces the process of “invention of an origin” performed by a white, blue-eyed descendant of the colonisers. In response to the criticism voiced by his African interlocutors at the moment of the publication of Vozes Anoitecidas (1986), Mia Couto legitimises his existence as a forerunner of a genuinely African intellectual, whose advent is announced in Um rio chamado tempo, uma casa chamada terra (2002). The literary construction of autochthonism brings him close to other Lusophone writers such as Pepetela, facing the same racial situation as descendants of the colonisers rather than the colonised. This process involves a creative redefinition of the notions of kinship, paternity and transmission, as well as the work on the Portuguese language. Mia Couto tries to rebuild it in such a way that it might render the African vision of the reality, creating a highly peculiar and recognisable style, implying a translingual dimension of the text. At the same time, this endeavour is interpreted as an echo of the centuries-old Portuguese millenarianist vision of the recuperation of the ideal, pre-Babelian speech of man. Nonetheless, the chapter's conclusion focuses on the paradoxical outcome of Couto's struggle for “Africanization”, putting in the limelight precisely the lowly, maculate origin of language and community.
“Congregatio mundi today. New perspectives on Guillaume Postel (1510-1581)”, Primerjalna Kniževnost, no 41, 1/2018, p. 191-199. ISSN 2591-1805 https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/primerjalna_knjizevnost/article/view/6829
The aim of this paper is to reflect on the perspectives of a critical return to certain aspects of the Postelian heritage, while in the recent decades the figure of this heterodox Renaissance thinker has been apparently downgraded from fascinating to merely secondary. Certainly, his equation between intercultural communication and universal concordia remains generally valid to the present day, even for those who do not share his Adamitic and cabbalistic conceptions of language. On the other hand, his concept of congregator mundi appears as a valuable starting point for the discussion on the role and prerogatives of the intellectual as a mediator between human societies and the transcendent sphere, especially if compared with the recent thought of Giorgio Agamben, re-collocating the intellectual and the cultural critic in the line of the monotheistic prophets.
“Fearful and Female. Narrations of anxiety and the boom of the Portuguese fiction written by women in the 1980s”, Romanica Silesiana, no 11 (vol. 2)/2016, p. 82-92. ISSN 1898-2433, e-ISSN 2353-9887 http://www.journals.us.edu.pl/index.php/RS/article/view/6025
“Friendships of the Desert. The Europeans in Arabia”, De Amicitia. Transdisciplinary Studies in Friendship, Katarzyna Marciniak, Elżbieta Olechowska (eds.), Warsaw, Faculty “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, 2016, p. 189-199. ISBN 978-83-63636-58-6
“Written exercises. Ancestral magic and emergent intellectuals in Mia Couto, Lhoussain Azergui and Dorota Masłowska”, Colloquia Humanistica, no 5/2016, p. 127-140. ISSN 2081-6774
“Travelling away from the 'artsy post-modern lefty-pinko university'. Noor's transcultural experience and the duties of the intellectual”, Colloquia Humanistica, no 3/2014, p. 91-102. ISSN 2081-6774 https://ispan.waw.pl/journals/index.php/ch/article/view/ch.2014.006/570
“From Agamben to Saville's bellies. Transgression into the animal condition in post-humanity, primitive humanity and contemporary art”, Dialogue & Universalism, vol. XXIV, no 1/2014, p. 121-129. ISSN 1234-5792
Reprinted in: The Animals in Us - We in Animals, Szymon Wróbel (ed.), Frankfurt am Main, Peter Lang, 2014, p. 163-172. ISBN 978-3-631-65039-4