Prof. Maria Joao Dodman publishes book of short narratives

Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics Prof. Maria Joao Dodman publishes book of short narratives

Maria João Dodman, professor of Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, has published a creative book of short narratives that explore the notion of hybrid identity, of living between worlds and the (re) invention of a 10th Island a narrative theme commonly found in immigrant communities from the region of the Azores, Portugal.

Maria João Dodman's new bookAndarIlha.  Viagens de um hífen [Wanderer. Voyages of a Hyphen] is the title of this collection of 17 narratives (15 in Portuguese and two in English). The narratives highlight the voyage as a leitmotif designed to separate and join old and new worlds, of finding one’s identity and of returning to the affections, the cult of memories and the wisdom of the elders.

While treasuring tradition, this collection also looks at exploring new ways of being, of integration, and cultural reciprocity. The book was launched on June 17 in the Azores with a presentation by Victor Rui Dores, a prominent Azorean writer and Dodman’s old high school English teacher.  Read more…