Silent Women in Mozambican Writer Lília Momplé's Short Stories

Jingyi Zhang, Lola Geraldes Xavier

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Lília Momplé, a Mozambican author, portrays the coexistence between black and white men and women in her works. By contesting the colonial legacy, the author contributes to the subaltern's voice. In this paper, we discuss how black characters, women in particular, in the short story collection No One Killed Suhura, are oppressed by colonialist societies. This text addresses the violence of social, racial, and sexual inequalities and the power relations established between colonizers and colonized during the twentieth century in Mozambique. We will see that some of the literary strategies used include the omniscient focus of the narrator, the relationship between history and literature, and irony.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1680-1688
Number of pages9
JournalTheory and Practice in Language Studies
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023


  • (post-) colonial
  • Ninguém Matou Suhura [No One Killed Suhura]
  • irony
  • short stories
  • women


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