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Literary and Cultural Circulation


Edited By José Luís Jobim

An important question concerning literary studies is the circulation of literary works beyond their place of origin. Many other aspects must also be taken into consideration, such as the asymmetric positioning of authors and their work in international circulation, which is conditioned by the relative position of languages and cultures in the global market. This volume focuses on literary and cultural circulation and includes essays that explore this topic through case studies, analysing works and authors from diverse literatures and cultures, and discussions of the theoretical issues surrounding circulation and all that it entails: temporality, place, method, material objects and concepts.


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1 Untimeliness, Recognition and Respect in the Work of Gonçalo Tavares (Helena Carvalhão Buescu)


Helena Carvalhão Buescu 1 Untimeliness, Recognition and Respect in the Work of Gonçalo Tavares1 The concept of untimeliness, more specifically when what happens seems to have arrived “late”, is of interest to me as a self-reflexive form and a manifestation of what can be seen as literary circulation. I will take this concept and work with it, in a broad sense, based on the principle that it concerns not only the material circulation of works, once they have been published, but also the circulation of the thematic and formal material that they are composed of. I am thus interested in looking at the work that I will analyse here in greater depth, Uma Menina está perdida no seu Século à procura do Pai (A Girl is Lost in her Century in Search of her Father) by Gonçalo M. Tavares, as a decisive example of the way in which the re-use of thematic and formal elements, and in particular the crystallization of mismatches between history and literature, can be the focus of novelistic analysis itself. The hypothesis that is my point of departure, then, is that within modes of literary circulation there are some that underline such mismatches, thus revealing the temporal and historical faults that literature is also made of. In reality, the distancing itself between historical event and literary phenomenon, between history and literature, and the way in which it is used as a literary procedure, may prove to be a paradigm for what voluntarily presents...

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