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Mário de Sá-Carneiro, A Cosmopolitan Modernist

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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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Miguel Almeida is currently working outside academia. He completed an MA at the Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisbon with a thesis entitled ‘Impossibility in Mário de Sá-Carneiro’. Fernando Beleza is Lecturer in Portuguese in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of New Hampshire, where he directs the program in Portuguese studies. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa, based at the University of Porto. He holds a BA from the University of Coimbra, an MA from the University of Porto, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has presented papers and published articles on Portuguese Modernism, Fernando Pessoa, gender and queer studies, critical cosmopolitanism, and race, gender, and sexuality in Lusophone (post)colonial literatures and cultures. Currently, he is work- ing on a book manuscript, tentatively titled: Modernist Desires: (Trans) Nationalism, Cosmopolitanism, and Sexuality in Fernando Pessoa and Mário de Sá-Carneiro. Fernando Cabral Martins is Associate Professor in the Portuguese studies department at the Universidade Nova in Lisbon. His work focuses on Portuguese literature from the nineteenth century to the present day, literature and cinema, and textual criticism. He has edited the work of Sá-Carneiro (Verso e prosa, 2010) and published extensively on the work of Portuguese Modernists, co-ordinating the recent Dicionário de Fernando Pessoa e do modernismo Português (2008) and publishing Introdução ao estudo de Fernando Pessoa (2014). Fernando Curopos is Associate Professor at Sorbonne University (Paris IV)...

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