Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa

Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa

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This book is an introduction to and interpretation of the world of Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), one of the most fascinating and complex figures in European literary modernism and the avant-garde. Raised in South Africa and writing much of his literary work in English, Pessoa nevertheless almost never left the city of Lisbon after returning in 1905. Pessoa is known for abolishing the authorial self and for dividing his writings among a large number of other personalities - the heteronyms - who wrote through him, each in a completely different style. The theory of 'adverse genres' introduced in this book aids understanding of his paradoxical and contradictory use of genres. Through the invented 'coterie of authors,' Pessoa explored mixed writing by changing the relationship between form and content, authorship and text. Adverse Genres describes how Pessoa selected genres from the European tradition (Ricardo Reis' 'Horatian' odes, Alvaro de Campos' worship of Whitman, Alberto Caeiro's pastora
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 32mm | 539.77g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Bilingual edition
  • Bilingual
  • 0195391217
  • 9780195391213
  • 1,515,476

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Jackson's study is a welcome new addition to the still all-too-scarce critical literature on Pessoa available in English. It discusses a more comprehensive and varied repertoire of texts from the writer's labyrinthine oeuvre than any of its predecessors and stages their interplay in a boldly designed interpretive framework. * Anna Koblucka, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth *
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About K. David Jackson

K. David Jackson is Professor of Portuguese at Yale University. He is the editor of The Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story.
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