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In Session: Narrating Goa: Intersections of Linguistic and Literary Traditions from its Different Cultural Communities
2: Literature and Regionalism in the Periodical "Goa Sociavel" (1866): A Publication from a Former Portuguese Colony in India
Friday, March 26, 2021
8:30am – 10:00am EDT
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Goa Sociavel magazine was published from March to November 1866 in the National Press of Goa. Its creator and editor was Manoel Joaquim da Costa Campos (Goa, 1829-1883). It aimed to reach every Goan citizen and proposed to publish historical articles about Goa, traditional narratives, poems, criticism of new publications, impressions of travelers about Goa, among others. Though the editor made no room in the magazine for partisan Portuguese politics, he devoted some space for comments on local politics. Costa Campos came from an important Goan family of Portuguese descent and acted as director of the National Press and general administrator of the Post Office, having been one of the co-founders of the Vasco da Gama Institute. He was a very prominent figure in the 19th century literary and intellectual Goan scene, having made use, as many others, of the periodical press as a privileged vehicle for his literary activities. He contributed to the first period of cultural expression in Goa, the Gabinete Literario das Fontainhas (1846-1848), becoming the editor of O Mosaico (1848), Vergel (1858), Estrea Goana (1859-1860), Tirocinio Literario (1862-1863), Almanak do Christianismo (1863, 1864, 1865), Goa Sociável (1866) and also collaborating at least with A India Portuguesa (1861-1950), and A Ilustração Goana (1864-1866), among other periodicals of the time. In this context, this article focuses on the study of the magazine Goa Sociavel and its role in Goan literary and intellectual life considering, in particular, the relationship between literature and the strongly regionalist proposal of the publication.