(Re)configurações do corpo no/do Portugal pós-colonial em Esse cabelo de Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida

  • Romeu Foz University College Dublin
Keywords: Portuguese postcolonial literature, legacies of coloniality, racism, postcolonial identities, Portuguese Black female writers


This article aims to analyze Esse cabelo (2015), Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida’s first novel, which addresses the (dis)integration of the African and the Afro-descendant in post-25 de Abril Portugal. I claim that Esse cabelo reflects with great acumen on the legacies of Coloniality that permeate Portuguese contemporary society, questioning very particularly the survival of old colonial logics of racialization and the ways these are inscribed discursively in the body. Ultimately, I argue that this novel plays a transformative role inasmuch as it contributes significantly to the formation of postcolonial identities that look at the past without erasures and that request from the present decolonial representations of the Portuguese (post)-colonial body.