Raquel Gomes’ publishes book on Olive Schreiner

Raquel Gryszczenko Alves GomesCongratulations to Tubman Institute’s visiting exchange student, Raquel Gryszczenko Alves Gomes, on the publication of her book, Uma feminista na contramão do colonialismo: Olive Schreiner, literatura e a construção da nação sul-africana, 1880-1902by São Paulo publisher, Annablume Editora.

Gomes is a PhD candidate in African History at Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil. Her thesis is on the relationship between South African black literature and the debates on territorial segregation prior to the apartheid.

In her book, Gomes looks at the South African writer Olive Schreiner—and in particular her novel, The Story of an African Farm, a story of remarkable characters that emphasize the relationship between gender and sexuality—and examines this dimension of Schreiner’s work in a broader social and political context as South Africa moved toward independence. She also explores the lesser-known works of Schreiner, such as the posthumously released politically charged novel Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland, where she discusses the intersection of gender and race and their roles in the process of imperialist expansion and national construction of South Africa between the 19th century to the 20th century.

Gomes book launch

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