Goa has been known for decades as tourist spot in India with its beautiful beaches by the Arabian sea. Despite modern stereotypes that emerged mainly during the sixties, the smallest of the Indian states has a rather lengthy and multifaceted social and religious history. As a colonial enclave under Portuguese domination from 1510 to 1961, and with Catholicism and the Portuguese language imposed upon its inhabitants, Goa developed a distinctive character that, after centuries of coexistence, has combined the faith brought by the Europeans with the preexisting Hindu and Muslim religions, its different languages and cultures. Portuguese-derived names and the Catholicism they indicate are still commonplace in Goa today though decreasing in number. As a result, a rich cultural and literary tradition emerged that includes Sanskrit sacred texts, literature in Portuguese alongside Konkani and Marathi, the two vernacular languages of Goa, as well as in English, the vehicular language of India and Goa. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate to speak of a single linguistic, cultural or literary tradition in Goa. A more productive approach, as the one proposed here, sees these traditions in terms of patterns of conflict and collaboration among all of them. In this context, this panel will discuss distinct literary and cultural manifestations of Goa in its different languages and from the perspective of its contrasting cultural and religious communities.
Paper Presenter: Cibele Aldrovandi – University of Sao Paulo
Paper Presenter: Helder Garmes – University of Sao Paulo
Paper Presenter: Cielo G. Festino – UNIP - Universidade Paulista
Paper Presenter: Viviane Souza Madeira – University of Sao Paulo