Journal of Romance Studies

Carmen Pereira’s Os meus três amores

The voice of militant motherhood in Guinea-Bissau

Journal of Romance Studies (2019), 19, (3), 511–525.

Abstract

In this article, I discuss Os meus três amores by Carmen Pereira. The text subtly reveals her role in overcoming Amílcar Cabral’s initial skepticism about the role of women in Guinea-Bissau’s revolution. Literary in style, Os meus três amores foregrounds repeated instances of the tension between militancy and motherhood. Its genre-crossing nature – traversing the boundaries between a diary, a memoir, and testimonial with contributions from multiple narrative voices – highlights the complex web of referentiality and authority inherent to autobiographical writing.

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Rothwell, Phillip