From romanticism to modernism: literary taxonomy for the lusophone novel
Under the scope of the ongoing COST action "Distant Reading for European Literary History", João Marques Lopes will discuss literary historical concepts such as romanticism, realism, naturalism, symbolism and modernism in the Portuguese and Brazilian literary field during the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th century. (This lecture will be in Portuguese.)
The concept of literary school or movement is a common tool in literary studies. Here we look at it for novels written in Portuguese, mainly in the period from 1840 to 1919, which was the one chosen to be dealt with in COST action 16204.
João Marques Lopes will raise and discuss the following questions: Do these concepts form a suitable taxonomy for Portuguese and Brazilian novels? Are the general features of such concepts the same as in France, England and other countries? Or are there Lusophone specifities? Which are the criteria and sources to classify the Lusophone novels of the period? How to discuss the canon and the archive of such novels?
He will also present specific examples and suggestions on how to classify non-canonical novels in Portuguese.
João Marques Lopes, bachelor in Philosophy, holds a Master in Brazilian and African Studies and a PhD in Brazilian literature from University of Lisbon. He was a post-doc scholar in Rio de Janeiro at the Fundação Biblioteca Nacional in 2015 and in Paris at the Fondation Maison Sciences de l'Homme in 2016. He taught Lusophone literature at UiO. He has published several books on Portuguese authors in Portugal and Brazil. José Saramago. Uma biografia (2010) is one of them.