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|Title: ||Introdução /Introduction|
|Authors: ||Gomes, Fernando|
Birrento, Ana Clara
Nunes Esteves, Elisa
|Editors: ||Gomes, Fernando|
Birrento, Ana Clara
Nunes Esteves, Elisa
|Keywords: ||Literatura Comparada|
Paisagens do Ser
Landscapes of the Self
|Issue Date: ||Mar-2019|
|Publisher: ||Edições Cosmos|
Freeing itself from the domain and dependence on traditional cartographies of knowledge, the publication of the first volume of Studies of Literature of the Centre for the Study of Letters (CEL-UÉ), entitled Landscapes of the Self, crosses epistemological frontiers and research practices. Landscapes of the Self are understood within this context as the narrative, dramatic or lyrical forms which the authors from all centuries and nationalities used to create characters and contexts which, in one way or another, represent individuals and societies.
The adoption of different critical approaches aims at giving visibility to works in the field of Literature and Culture which discuss identity, memory, power or representation, among others, in several contexts and in diverse social and cultural periods, ranging from the public to the private realm, and to the several spaces and places of intimacy or exteriority and otherness, giving voice to the multiplicity and heterogeneity of the research work developed in CEL-UÉ.
In the diversity of the Landscapes of the Self, to which the articles bear witness, two themes are the cornerstones of the volume: the exterior and the interior landscapes. The city, in its varied figurations is, par excellence, the physical landscape, if not the favourite, the one that has most inspired the artists, especially since the nineteenth-century.
Fernando Gomes, analysing some authors throughout the centuries, recalls the origins of the myth of the perverse city in opposition to the city of perfection, highlighting the literary functions of that confrontation, as well as the ambivalence of man before his Creation. London, namely the ways the city is represented as a location of Power in private, social and political contexts in the two volumes of the political autobiography of Margaret Thatcher The Path to Power and The Downing Street Years, is the theme of the article co-authored by Ana Clara Birrento and Olga Gonçalves. In a methodological collaboration between critical agendas of cultural studies and discourse analysis, the article maps the city in its intersection between an axis of subjectivity and the logic of State Power. Moving South, to the Mediterranean landscapes, Odete Jubilado develops a comparative analysis around the short narratives Lettres de mon Moulin by Alphonse Daudet and Gente Singular by Manuel Teixeira Gomes, stressing the way these authors share their memories of Provence and the Algarve. The Island of Malta is in O Mistério da Estrada de Sintra, the scenery of a story of love and crime. Ana Luísa Vilela argues that through this narrative, Eça de Queirós contributed to the formation of an image of Malta, similar to the romantic woman, disturbing, seductress and unpredictable. The African landscapes are
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the scenery of Onitsha by Le Clézio and Um rio chamado tempo e uma casa chamada
terra by Mia Couto. Celina Martins writes about the way these narratives stage
the initiation journeys of the protagonists into an Africa conceived as a space of
transcendence, initiation and openness to the Other.
The interior landscapes influenced, positively or negatively, by the
environment that surrounds us, are a never-ending source of literary creation.
On the one hand, the satirical tradition started by Horatio – production of his
satire while he walks in the city – is the inspiration of the enunciator of the poems
by Nicolau Tolentino. Carlos Nogueira shows that through an unstable laughter,
the Tolentinian I-poet-character deconstructs the moral and behavioural models
of the whole society of his time. On the other hand, Antero de Quental’s poetry
reveals a closed and dialectal play of images and thoughts. Emphasizing the
negativity and its most representative images, António Cândido Franco tries to
show that the poetry of Quental is expression and landscape of a complex of
metaphysics, able though to be solved by a superior unity of all the contraries.
Crete is the geographical place, but also an intimate landscape, a mythic and
literary place explored by Jorge de Sena in his poem “Em Creta, com o Minotauro”.
Elisa Nunes Esteves re-reads this text, considered a hymn to Crete, pointing
out the themes of identity, of the relation with motherland and exile idealized
by the lyrical I. “To be or not to be Ophelia” that is the question put by Carla
Ferreira de Castro, who reads Shakespeare’s verses through several lenses from
other different artistic moments. Her article shows a double perspective of
landscape, the geographical – the stream Ophelia chooses as her shroud -, and
the psychological which corresponds to the essence of the young orphan girl
unable to coexist with the successive losses she experiences.
The representation of the Self and the Other in the literature of the
nineteenth-century is the theme presented by Ana Cláudia Salgueiro da Silva,
who analyses two novels, Uma Família Inglesa by Júlio Dinis and O Primo Basílio
by Eça de Queirós, authors who through plural visions offer a distinct vision of
the real with a pedagogic aim, namely the consolidation of core social structures
like marriage. The intricacies of feeling and of interiority, and the way the
confrontation with society determines the wanderings along the diegesis by the
protagonists of Eurico, o presbítero and Ivanhoe are the object of the comparative
reading of Teresa Mendes, who tries to understand the narrative and textual
mechanisms found by Alexandre Herculano and Sir Walter Scott to construct
This first volume of Studies of Literature of the Centre for the Study of
Letters (CEL-UÉ), entitled Landscapes of the Self, is a collection of articles which
postulate critical thought on diverse discursive modes – narrative, dramatic and
lyrical texts – which, due to their multiplicity, bear witness to the vigour and
contemporaneity of the literary representation of the world of the individuals.
The volume was only possible due to the inestimable collaboration of the
Scientific Committee, composed of :
Estudos de Literatura: Paisagens do Ser / Landscapes of the Self
Ana Isabel Moniz (Universidade da Madeira)
Antonio Sáez Delgado (Universidade de Évora)
Cristina Robalo Cordeiro (Universidade de Coimbra)
Elisabeth Jay (Oxford Brookes University)
Helena Buescu (Universidade de Lisboa)
Jeanyves Guérin (Université Sorbonne-nouvelle – Paris III)
José Pedro Serra (Universidade de Lisboa)
Mário Avelar (Universidade Aberta)
Ana Clara Birrento
Elisa Nunes Esteves|
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