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Mário de Sá-Carneiro, A Cosmopolitan Modernist


Edited By Fernando Beleza and Simon Park

Although he committed suicide at the age of twenty-five, Mário de Sá-Carneiro left behind a rich corpus of texts that is inventive, playful, even daring. The first collection in English to be dedicated to his work, this volume brings together scholars from Portugal, Brazil, and the USA to reassess Sá-Carneiro’s contribution to Portuguese and European Modernism(s). In the book, established researchers and younger scholars delve into the complexities and paradoxes of his work, exploring not only the acclaimed novella Lucio’s Confession, but also his poetry, short fiction, and correspondence. Each essay engages in the necessary task of placing Sá-Carneiro’s work in a wider literary and artistic context, bringing back to his texts the creative energy of early twentieth-century Europe. Plural in their methods, the essays propose multiple lenses through which to tackle key aspects of Sá-Carneiro’s œuvre: his aesthetic and artistic influences and preoccupations; his negotiations/performances of identity; and the ways in which his work emerges in dialogue with other Modernist authors and how they in turn engage with his work. Though he is sometimes overshadowed by his more famous friend and artistic comrade, Fernando Pessoa, this collection shows just how much one misses, if one overlooks Sá-Carneiro and other writers of the Orpheu generation.


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Foreword vii Preface xi Acknowledgements xv List of Figures xvii List of Abbreviations xix Note on Translations xxi Fernando Beleza and Simon Park Introduction: The Making of a Cosmopolitan Modernist 1 Part I: Intersections 11 Fernando Cabral Martins Mário de Sá-Carneiro: Intersectionist 13 Ricardo Vasconcelos Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Orpheu, and the Modernist Blague 27 Miguel Almeida Crossing Over: Mário de Sá-Carneiro Between Life, Work, and Death 49 vi Part II: Cosmopolitanism 67 Fernando Curopos Mário de Sá-Carneiro and the Demons of Dance 69 Simon Park ‘Eu serei então um bárbaro?’: Art, Dance, and Artistic Belonging in Mário de Sá-Carneiro 91 Fernando Beleza Peripheral Desires, Modernist Fantasies: Mário de Sá-Carneiro’s Queer Cosmopolitanism 113 Part III: Dialogues 137 Pedro Eiras Lúcio’s Unreadable Testimony 139 Mariana Gray de Castro A Phantom Presence: Mário de Sá-Carneiro in Fernando Pessoa’s Poetry 157 Notes on Contributors 177 Index 181

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