Preface (Fernando Beleza / Simon Park)
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FERNANDO BELEZA AND SIMON PARK
This book started life as a panel at the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists conference in Oxford in 2013. It became clear to us after that short panel that exciting work was being done on Mário de Sá-Carneiro’s oeuvre and that he was an author regularly featuring on undergraduate and graduate syllabi in the UK and USA, though without a substantial amount of criticism being available in English. We decided, then, to bring together a group of scholars working in Portugal, the UK, and USA in a volume intended to tackle some of the most persistent themes in his work with fresh perspectives, all for the benefit of an Anglophone audience.
Whilst Fernando Pessoa has found his way into the international Modernist mainstream, to many inside and outside of Portugal Sá-Carneiro remains something of a lone star on the literary horizon. But Portuguese Modernism was initiated by a constellation of writers and artists working in other media, who dialogued with each other and enriched each other’s artistic practice.1 One of the aims of this volume is to contribute to a broader understanding of the dynamics and complexities of the artistic world in early 1900s Portugal, by offering a reappraisal of Sá-Carneiro’s particular contribution to Portuguese and European Modernism(s). Additionally, we hope that by writing this volume in English we might help find more readers for his work beyond the...
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