João Paulo Borges Coelho is a Mozambican historian and novelist. With a PhD in Social and Economic History (University of Bradford, UK, 1993), he lectures at the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. His areas of interest include philosophy and theory of history, memory, contemporary history of Mozambique, and Southern Africa. He has published extensively on topics related to conflict in Southern Africa as well as maritime security in the Indian Ocean. He has published six novels, two volumes of short stories and two novellas, both in Mozambique and Portugal. Some of his books have also been published in Italy. In Mozambique, he was awarded the national prize for literature in 2004, the BCI prize in 2011, and the Leya Prize in Portugal in 2009. In 2012 he received a doctorate honoris causa from the University of Aveiro, Portugal.
Earl E. Fitz is Professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and Comparative Literature at Vanderbilt University, where he teaches classes on Brazilian literature, Spanish American literature, inter-American literature, comparative literature, and translation. He is currently working on a new book that examines female characterization in the novels of Machado de Assis.
Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa is the Tsonga name of Francisco Esaú Cossa, who belongs to the Tsonga ethnic group of Southern Mozambique. Born in the Mozambican province of Sofala, Khosa holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Geography from the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo. After teaching high school for several years and serving for a brief period in the Mozambican Ministry of Education, Khosa launched his literary career with the publication of several short stories; he was co-founder of Charrua, the magazine of the Associação dos Escritores Moçambicanos. The culminating point of Khosa’s literary career occurred in 1987 with the publication of his novella Ualalapi, for which he won the Grand Prize of Mozambican Fiction in 1990. In 2002, a panel of judges in Accra, Ghana ranked Ualalapi one of the 100 best works of African fiction of the 20th century. Subsequently, Khosa published two collections of short stories, Orgia dos Loucos and Histórias de Amor e Espanto, followed by the novel No Reino dos Abutres. His novel Os Sobreviventes da Noite received Mozambique’s prestigious José Craveirinha Award in 2007. Choriro, which appeared in 2009, narrates the death of a white African king of the territory north [End Page 167] of the Zambeze River at the end of the nineteenth century. His seventh and latest book, Entre as Memórias Silenciadas, appeared in August 2013. The novel provides a dispassionate account of Mozambique’s recent “revolutionary” past. Khosa currently holds the post of Director of the Instituto Nacional do Livro e do Disco.
Anna M. Klobucka is Professor of Portuguese and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is the author of The Portuguese Nun: Formation of a National Myth (2000; Portuguese translation 2006) and O Formato Mulher: A Emergência da Autoria Feminina na Poesia Portuguesa (2009), and co-editor of After the Revolution: Twenty Years of Portuguese Literature 1974–1994 (with Helena Kaufman, 1997), Embodying Pessoa: Corporeality, Gender, Sexuality (with Mark Sabine, 2007; Portuguese edition 2010), and Gender, Empire and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections (with Hilary Owen, forthcoming 2014).
Jeffrey Lesser is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of History and Chair, Department of History, Emory University. His newest book is Immigration, Ethnicity and National Identity in Brazil (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is also the author of A Discontented Diaspora: Japanese-Brazilians and the Meanings of Ethnic Militancy (Duke University Press, 2007), awarded the 2010 Roberto Reis Prize (Honorable Mention), Brazilian Studies Association [Uma diáspora descontente: Os nipo-brasileiros e os significados da militância étnica, 1960–1980 (São Paulo: Editora Paz e Terra, 2008)]; Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil (Duke University Press, 1999), awarded the Best Book Prize, Latin American Studies Association-Brazil in Comparative Perspective Section [Negociando a identidade nacional: Imigrantes, minorias e a luta pela etnicidade no Brasil (Editora UNESP, 2001)]; and Welcoming the Undesirables: Brazil and the Jewish Question (University of California Press, 1994), awarded the Best Book Prize, New England Council...