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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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Simon would like to thank, firstly, Cláudia Pazos Alonso for the initial suggestion of compiling a volume on Mário de Sá-Carneiro at the ABIL conference in 2013. Without her teaching, support and patience this book would have never happened. He would also like to express his gratitude to Garrett Landolt and Emma Claussen who read his chapter, commented on it, and offered their support throughout the project. Fernando extends his thanks to Cláudia Pazos Alonso as well for her support of this project from the very beginning. He also owes a debt to Ana Luísa Amaral, for the long conversations on Mário de Sá-Carneiro’s poetry, in the autumn of 2014, as well as to Anna Klobucka and Richard Zenith for their discerning readings and suggestions for his chapter in this volume. His gratitude goes also to Anton, Mathilda, August, and Eva, without whom this would not be possible. And finally, our sincerest thanks to the contributors themselves for their ideas and contributions, and for making this volume possible.

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