The Province of the Novel

Rochelle Pinto

in Between Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780195690477
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199081899 | DOI:
The Province of the Novel

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The earliest novels in Goa appeared in the 1860s, synthesizing the disparities in cultural ideologies that arose from a range of contemporary concerns. Goan writers were exposed to European literature, but novels were not concealed workshops for theories of cultural nationalism. This chapter analyses two Goan novels, Francisco Luis Gomes’ Os Brahamanes and Francisco João da Costa’s Jacob e Dulce. In contrast to Luis Gomes, da Costa seemed to have written his work by repositioning the authorial voice and the subject of ethnography. In Jacob e Dulce, the consumption of print provided a metaphor through which to describe the workings of gossip. The novel explicitly articulates critiques of colonialism and its impact on Goa.

Keywords: Goa; novels; print; colonialism; ethnography; nationalism; Francisco Luis Gomes; Francisco João da Costa; Jacob e Dulce; Os Brahamanes

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