Victoria Hartnack

Non PhD Researcher

E-mail: vhartnack24@gmail.com

Biographical note

Born and raised in Zambia. After having lived in various countries in Southern Africa, she moved to Portugal. She was a teacher at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Arts and Humanities  until her retirement. She helped to found translation and university language-teachers associations and was a co-founder of the Lisbon University Foreign Language Centre (CLi). In the field of publishing, she has been the co-founder, editor and editorial board member of several language and translation magazines. Her research in several research groups has taken her into colonial and post-colonial discourses and the construction of identities and their representations. She has written extensively on literacy, translation studies, foreign language teaching and post-colonial studies, and has translated numerous books.

Main areas of research

  • Colonial e post-colonial discourses in the construction of identities (memorialist, nationalist and gender discourses within the sphere of Southern Africa).

Selected publications

  • “A Question of Power: the autobiographical writings of five Southern-African women and their relationship with the Church”. O que é religião em África? Identidade, pertença e prática ritual – Ciclo Yorùbá e de Todas as Áfricas. Lisboa Univ. Lusófona – Ciência das Religiões. 2013.
  • “Invented discourses in the autobiographical writings of six Southern-African women” in African autobiography, (org.) Folasade Hunsu, Obafemi Awolowo Unversity, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, 2011.
  • When Things Came together – studies on Chinua Achebe (em conjunto com Inocência Mata e Don Burness). Lisboa:FLUL. 2009
  • “On another road: women travelling to other centres” – África e Portugal – viagens e topografias identitárias: deslocamentos, errâncias e representações discursivas (org. Inocência Mata) in Narrativas de Viagens e Espaços de Diáspora (Acta do Congresso sobre Narrativas de Viagens e Espaços de Diáspora (2011), realizado pelo Centro de Estudos Anglísticos (CEAUL) na Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, 10-12 de setembro de 2008.
  • “The risk of silence – J.M. Coetzee’s questioning of the signifier” in Homenagem à Prof. Doutora Júlia Dias Ferreira, 2006.
  • “Emerging out of violence: South African Writings in English” na Revista da Faculdade de Letras, 5ª Série, No. 27, Lisboa, 2004.

Memorialist Discourse and the Building of History / CITCOM

Gender, normativity and representations / MORPHE