Maria de Fátima Mendonça

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Maria de Fátima Mendonça , often just Fátima Mendonça , (* unknown) is a Mozambican writer, literary scholar and former professor at Eduardo Mondlane University .


Academic career

After Mozambique's independence, Mendonça worked at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo as a supporting professor ( Professora Auxiliar ) for social sciences and literary studies. She mainly taught in the discipline of literary studies and gave courses on Mozambican literature, comparative literature, and comparative African literature. In addition to teaching in Maputo, Mendonça was visiting professor at numerous universities around the world: Moscow ( Patrice Lumumba University ), Rennes , Poitiers , Salamanca , Santiago de Compostela , Witwatersrand , Coimbra , Lisbon ( University of Lisbon and New University of Lisbon ), Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais , São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro .

Mendonça retired in 2004, but in 2007 she switched to the research class on lusophonic literature at the University of Lisbon ( Centro de Culturas e Literaturas lusófonas e europeias da Universidade de Lisboa ; CLEPUL). Her research focuses primarily on Mozambican literary history with a comparative focus. She is currently researching relationships between the Mozambican literary landscape of the 1940s to 1960s and the modern literary movement, with references to Dadaism, French surrealism, Portuguese neorealism, and Brazilian modernism.

Work for the Mozambican state

Regardless of her academic career, Mendonça was committed to the Mozambican state until the end. Among other things, she was commissioned as a consultant to the Mozambican Ministry of Education and Culture for the design of the curriculum at the University of Art and Culture. She was also responsible for state textbook policy in various committees and developed Portuguese curricula for the 11th and 12th grades for the World Bank .

Honors and memberships

Maria de Fátima Mendonça was and is a recognized Mozambican literary scholar on various juries for literary prizes, including the Marquês de Valle Flor prize for African literature , the Prémio José Craveirinha prize , and the jury for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair prize as well as for the selection “Africa 100 best books”.

She is also a founding member of the Mozambican Writers' Association ( Associação dos Escritores Moçambicanos ) and a member of the International Association for Comparative Literature , the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the Association pour l'Étude des Littératures Africaines (APELA).

In 2016 she received the Prémio José Craveirinha for her work and work .

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e Clepul :: Investigação :: Maria de Fátima Raposode Mendonça. (No longer available online.) Centro de Culturas e Literaturas lusófonas e europeias da Universidade de Lisboa, archived from the original on August 26, 2016 ; Retrieved September 13, 2016 (Portuguese). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. Fátima Mendonça vence Prémio José Craveirinha de Literatura | O País. In: Retrieved September 13, 2016 .