Dr Maria Tavares


Dr Tavares's main research interests focus upon postcolonial literatures and film from Portuguese-speaking Africa, gender studies and representations of heroism. So far, her research has explored the possibilities arising from thinking nationalism and national identity through gender. She is the author of No Country for Nonconforming Women: Feminine Conceptions of Lusophone Africa (Legenda Books, forthcoming).

Dr Tavares is currently conducting research on the processes of construction and representations of female heroism in Mozambique (financed by the Leverhulme Trust).

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Postcolonial literatures and film from Portuguese-speaking Africa
  • Gender Studies
  • Representations of Female Heroism
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PhD title: “A Path of Tears”: Lusophone African Cinema and the Journey to Peace

Name: Tracy O’Connor
Years of Study: 2015 - 2019
Country: Northern Ireland





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