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A Companion to Portuguese Literature (Monografías A) by Stephen Parkinson, Cláudia Pazos Alonso, T. F. Earle

By Stephen Parkinson, Cláudia Pazos Alonso, T. F. Earle

This better half quantity bargains an creation to ecu Portuguese literature for university-level readers. It contains a chronological evaluation of Portuguese literature from the 12th century to the current day, by means of one of the most distinct literary students of contemporary years, supplemented through a learn of the background of translations of Portuguese literature, giant essays concentrated on significant authors, genres or sessions, and a wide bibliography. It doesn't try an encyclopaedic insurance of Portuguese literature, yet offers crucial chronological and bibliographical info on all significant authors and genres, with extra vast therapy of key works and literary figures, and a selected specialise in the fashionable interval. it truly is unashamedly canonical instead of thematic in its exam of primary authors and classes, with no neglecting woman writers. during this manner it offers easy reference fabrics for college kids starting the research of Portuguese literature, and for a much wider viewers searching for common or particular info. The editors have made a principled choice to exclude either Brazilian and African literature, that can no longer were integrated with enough prominence or intensity, and insist separate therapy.

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All told, there are a few dozen of these kinds of action. The rhetoric, on the other hand, though generally simpler than that used in the other two genres, is more complex than has often been allowed, slowly articulating a present action (or emotion) by repetition with variation, and usually withholding essential information until the end of the song. There are some insults, but they are very mild compared with what we find in CEM. Any kind of obscenity or open reference to sexuality is taboo. There is a simmering issue regarding this genre.

Neo-Garrettism was reconfigured in the literary and philosophical movement known as Saudosismo, led by Teixeira de Pascoais (1877–1962). The movement envisaged a recovery of the spiritual and historical essence of Portugal through a nationalistic concept of saudade (nostalgia or longing), seen as the key to the transformation of Sebastianic yearnings into a new Portuguese universality. Implicitly accepting the funereal historical vision of Oliveira Martins, Saudosismo was a poetic recycling of the logical prophetism of Vieira’s História do Futuro.

This was not the case in the work of Camilo Castelo Branco (1825–90). Although this prolific novelist, author of over a hundred books, is usually characterised as Romantic, his work can be better understood as the product of a realist attitude not attributable to a literary school. This was expressed in his treatment of novelistic situations as exemplary of their society, of characters as emblematic of their circumstances, and their circumstances as representative of the society in which they live.

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