Spazi e luoghi urbani nella narrativa swahili: il caso di Dar es Salaam

  • Graziella Acquaviva University of Turin
Keywords: city, experience, Dar es Salaam, space, place


Very often, literature provides visions of the city that are typical of both common sense and collective imagination. Therefore, investigating literature we can sometimes better understand some unexplored ‘territories’. In the case of Dar es Salaam, novels and short stories show two different interpretation of the city, concerned as they are with different places and aesthetics, and suggesting an interesting analogy between the city structure and the narrative text.  Reading Swahili fiction published at the end of the 20th century, we get a survey of both urban texture and a picture of the urban space: poverty, migration and illegal activities drive the reader to a fictionalised, yet very real, Dar es Salaam.


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Author Biography

Graziella Acquaviva, University of Turin
Graziella Acquaviva holds a PhD in African Studies from the  University of Naples “L’Orientale”. She has done extensive research in Tanzania and Kenya on Swahili popular literature and has produced many publications in the field of African literature. She further translated  Collodi’s Le avventure di Pinocchio: Storia di un burattino (1883) and Carofiglio’s Testimone inconsapevole (2002) from Italian into Swahili (Hekaya za Pinokio and Shahidi asiyekusudiwa). She teaches Swahili Language, Culture and Literature at the University of Turin.


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