Contemporary Brazilian authors in Paris

In March the Salon du livre de Paris featured contemporary Brazilian literature, and 48 writers were invited to attend by the Centre national du livre. An article in Livres de France (L850.b.568) no. 392 for March 2015 gave brief biographical details of each invitee. Although the majority of authors are active in the field of belle lettres, the list of names also includes a theologian (Leonardo Boff), an environmentalist (Davi Kopenawa) and an anthropologist (Betty Mindlin).

Pays à l’honneur : Le Brésil

Pays à l’honneur : Le Brésil – Image: Salon du livre de Paris

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Portuguese studies

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New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Portuguese studies

Published by the MHRA (Modern Humanities Research Association), Portuguese studiesis a “biannual multi-disciplinary journal devoted to research on the cultures, societies, and history of the Lusophone world”.

Most accessed article in the Last 3 years: Oscar Wilde, Fernando Pessoa, and the Art of Lying by Mariana de Castro.

A fragment from En veu alta, the choreographer Carolyn Carlson’s dance inspired by the poems of Fernando Pessoa.  Visit also Pessoa Plural, a journal of Fernando Pessoa studies, one among many Portuguese resources featured on the Modern & Medieval Languages, Dept of Spanish and Portuguese web pages.

Access Portuguese studies via the ejournals@cambride A-Z or via this link. (Note that online access starts with Vol. 17 (2001).  Archival access (back to vol. 1) is included in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences XI Collection to which the University does not yet…

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Football and literature in Brazil – World Cup readings


Children playing soccer in São Miguel do Gostoso, RN, Brazil (image taken from wikimedia Commons).

Although many might consider it yet more “panem et circenses”, the World Cup is kicking off today in Brazil, and it cannot be denied that soccer is an intrinsic part of that country’s culture. In the Brazilian collective imagination soccer is rooted in the country’s characteristic communitarian way of life. Even literature is permeated with tales of “futebol” (Portuguese for football). What happens at the stadium is narrated by a commentator; it is then mythologized and transformed into literature.

Between 1954 and 1983, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, one of Brazil’s most important writers, wrote pieces on football Continue reading