A Companion to Portuguese Literature

A Companion to Portuguese Literature

Edited by Stephen Parkinson, Cláudia Pazos Alonso, T. F. Earle

An essential chronological framework for students of Portuguese literature.
This companion volume offers an introduction to European Portuguese literature for university-level readers. It consists of a chronological overview of Portuguese literature from the twelfth century to the present day, by some of the most distinguished literary scholars of recent years, leading into substantial essays centred on major authors, genres or periods, and a study of the history of translations. It does not attempt an encyclopaedic coverage of Portuguese literature, but provides essential chronological and bibliographical information on all major authors and genres, with more extensive treatment of key works and literary figures, and a particular focus on the modern period. It is unashamedly canonical rather than thematic in its examination of central authors and periods, without neglecting female writers. In this way it provides basic reference materials for students beginning the study of Portuguese literature, and for a wider audience looking for general or specific information. The editors have made a principled decision to exclude both Brazilian and African literature, which demand separate treatment.

STEPHEN PARKINSON, CLAUDIA PAZOS ALONSO and T. F. EARLE are all members of the Sub-Faculty of Portuguese at the University of Oxford.
CONTRIBUTORS: Vanda Anastácio, Helena Carvalhao Buescu, Rip Cohen, T. F. Earle, David Frier, Luís Gomes, Mariana Gray de Castro, Helder Macedo, Patricia Odber de Baubeta, Hilary Owen, Stephen Parkinson, Cláudia Pazos Alonso, Juliet Perkins, Teresa Pinto Coelho, Phillip Rothwell, Mark Sabine, Claire Williams, Clive Willis.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Stephen Parkinson
Introduction - Thomas F Earle and Cláudia Pazos Alonso
Eight Centuries of Portuguese Literature: An Overview - Helder Macedo
The Medieval Galician-Portuguese Lyric - Rip Cohen and Stephen Parkinson
Fernao Lopes and Portuguese Prose Writing of the Middle Ages - Stephen Parkinson
Portuguese Theatre in the Sixteenth Century: Gil Vicente and António Ferreira - Juliet Perkins and Thomas F Earle
The Lusiads and the Literature of Portuguese Overseas Expansion - Clive Willis
Lyric Poetry in the Sixteenth Century - Thomas F Earle
The Seventeenth Century - Luís Gomes
The Eighteenth Century - Vanda Anastacio
Almeida Garrett: Founder of Modern Portuguese Literature - Helena Buescu
The Transition from Romanticism to Realism - David Frier
Eça de Queirós: A European Writer - Teresa Pinto Coelho
Fernando Pessoa and the Modernist Generation - Mariana Gray de Castro
Narrative and Drama during the Dictatorship - Phillip Rothwell
Women Writers up to 1974 - Hilary Owen and Cláudia Pazos Alonso
Writing after the Dictatorship - Mark Sabine and Claire Williams
Portuguese Literature in English Translation - Pat Odber


[E]specially appropriate for undergraduate or graduate students seeking a basic secondary source on Portuguese literature in overview courses or for those studying on their own [...] a welcome and much-needed reference source that unassumingly and yet effectively introduces the canon to the nonspecialist reader. BULLETIN OF SPANISH STUDIES

A remarkably inspired and personalized introduction to the unattainable task of contextualizing perfectly the totality of Portuguese literary history. [...] It is unabashedly canonical yet revisionary, at once unassumingly authoritative and entertaining, resourceful and pleasantly concise [and] will satisfy both the novice and the scholar, and is bound to become an essential reference for advanced students of Portuguese, Lusophone, and comparative literatures. ELLIPSIS

Parkinson, Companion, is an essential volume for libraries, students and academics alike, covering Portugal's major literary periods. YEAR'S WORK IN MODERN LANGUAGE STUDIES

An important work which complements existing literature and fills a gap in the market. For an academic library serving the needs of a Portuguese department this is a recommended purchase. REFERENCE REVIEWS

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