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The Literary Institution in Portugal since the Thirties

An Analysis under Special Consideration of the Publishing Market

Margarida Rendeiro

Despite the numerous studies of the politics, economy, culture, and society of the Estado Novo, the relations established between publishers, authors, and governmental institutions and their contribution to the making of the literary canon are still marginal subjects of analysis. Based on the systems theories developed by Bourdieu, Dubois and Even-Zohar, this study focuses on the cultural production produced during the Estado Novo (1933-1974) and after the Revolution (1974-2004), within their political, economic and social framework. The chapters on José Saramago and José Luís Peixoto show them as examples of literary consecration that confirm the systemic relations in the Portuguese literary field. This research makes use of a survey on habits of purchase of Portuguese fiction, interviews with publishers, original statistical analyses, and takes a new approach to the study of Portuguese literature.


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Acknowledgements 9


9 Acknowledgements There are many people I would like to thank for a variety of rea- sons. Firstly, I would like to thank my Supervisor, Dr. Juliet Per- kins. I could not have imagined having a better advisor and men- tor for my PhD, and without her common sense, knowledge, perceptiveness and cracking-of-the-whip I would never have fin- ished. I would also express my gratitude to Professor Salvato Trigo, Rector of Fernando Pessoa University, for having en- couraged me to start my research in the Portuguese literary field and take a wholly different perspective of Portuguese literature. I am grateful to Mr AbdoolKarimVakil for managing to read the dissertation so thoroughly and give precious advice; to Professors Helder Macedo and Malyn Newitt for their insightful comments; to Dr Rui Vinhas da Silva for revising the final text so accurately; to Mr José-António Carochinho for helping me tackle my survey on Portuguese purchasers of Portuguese fiction and to all my friends who helped me distributing it nationwide. Thanks to my parents, Natália, Rute, and Miguel: your friendship and support kept my head above water. I am more than grateful to Luís and Martim: without you, I would not have made it. I would also like to thank all the people who agreed to be inter- viewed by me for this thesis: Zeferino Coelho, António Lobato Faria, Maria do Rosário Pedreira, Margaret Jull da Costa, and Paul Langridge. Also thanks to those people who provided me...

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