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Mário de Sá-Carneiro, A Cosmopolitan Modernist

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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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Athena (magazine) 2, 158 avant-garde 4–5, 13, 17, 24, 27–30, 32, 37, 41–2, 44–7, 71, 75, 79, 95, 118, 122, 124–25, 133 Ballets Russes 74–5, 85–7 see also dance Barney, Natalie 7, 75–7 Barthes, Roland 107, 141, 144, 155 Baudelaire, Charles 123 Beckett, Samuel 123 Belle Époque 6–7, 76, 83, 92, 97, 102, 104 Benjamin, Walter 122–23, 127 Bersani, Leo 127–9 blague 5–6, 27–35, 37–47, 54, 118, 135 Butler, Judith 98, 118–20, 135 Caeiro, Alberto 2, 162, 166, 172, 176 Campos, Álvaro de 6, 32–3, 35, 38–9, 45–6, 74, 114–18, 159, 161–8, 170–2, 175–6 Cardoso, Amadeo de Souza 79 Coleridge, Samuel Taylor 166 Colette 76–7, 83–5, 103 cosmopolitanism 4, 15, 113–16, 118, 122, 124, 126, 129 Cubism 5, 19, 27, 31, 119, 124 dance 6–7, 73–5, 80–5, 87–9, 91–9, 101, 104, 107, 109, 111–12 see also Ballets Russes; Duncan, Isadora; ‘Fire Dance’; Fuller, Loïe; Saint-Pont, Valentine death 2, 6, 9, 22, 43, 60–6, 76–7, 108–10, 148, 155–65, 170–72, 175 see also Sá-Carneiro, Mário de: suicide of Decadence 119 Decadentism 7, 17, 69, 93 Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari 151 Duncan, Isadora 7, 76, 92, 102 ekphrasis 97, 98 Europa (magazine) 20 ‘Fire Dance’ 81–2 Folies Bergères 95, 103, 111 Foucault, Michel 127–28 Freud, Sigmund 122, 127–30,...

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