The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2009

Lauching of Two Books at Portugueses Consulate in New Bedford, Massachusetts

June 15, 2009 – Dartmouth, MA. The Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announce the launching of two books: Sonnets and Other Poems, by Luís de Camões, with translation by Richard Zenith, and Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans along the Eastern Seaboard, edited by Andrea Klimt, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and Kimberly DaCosta Holton, Rutgers University. The event will take place on Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 7 pm at the Consulate of Portugal, Camões Room, 628 Pleasant Street, 2nd Floor, New Bedford, MA 02740. To RSVP, please contact Judite Fernandes by telephone (508-999-8255) or email (j1fernandes@umassd.edu) by Thursday, June 21, 2009.

abs3Sonnets and Other Poems—the third (hardcover) volume in the Adamastor Book Series—is the first bilingual edition in English to offer a cross-section of lyric poetry by Portugal’s foremost author, Luís de Camões (the Shakespeare of the Portuguese language), whose great Renaissance epic, /The Lusiads/ (1572), memorialized Vasco da Gama’s inaugural voyage to India (1497-99). A selection of forty sonnets is followed by poems using other metrical patterns and rhyme schemes, including terza rima, ottava rima, the sestina, the canzone, and the redondilha, a verse form typical of Portuguese folk poetry. Richard Zenith’s fluid renditions, far from attempting to “update” Camões, closely adhere to the original text, employing modern English but resisting the temptation to expand on the relatively small and simple lexicon of the Portuguese. Along with discussing his method of translation, Zenith, one of the premier translators from the Portuguese today, shows how Camões’s life and work were intimately entwined. The publication of /Sonnets and Other Poems/ was made possible in part by generous support from the Luso-American Foundation and the Ministry of Culture of Portugal (Direcção Geral do Livro e das Bibliotecas). For more information on the volume and to download the cover image, visit http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/adamastor/sonnets_and_other_poems.htm

pasCommunity, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans along the Eastern Seaboard—the eleventh volume in the Portuguese in the Americas Series—is comprised of twenty essays that explore Portuguese as well as other Lusophone and Luso-African populations that have settled in the immigrant hubs of port cities and towns along the Northeastern seaboard of the U.S. The contributing scholars offer insight from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives into the histories, cultures, and intertwined social dynamics of these immigrant communities. The still understudied Portuguese-American story—which includes multiple waves of immigration that span two centuries, on-going connections with a global diaspora, and complex relationships with post-colonial populations—has much to offer to our understandings of transnational migration and subsequent processes of identity and community formation among immigrants and their descendents. The publication of /Community, Culture and the Makings of Identity: Portuguese-Americans along the Eastern Seaboard /was made possible in part by generous support from the Government of the Autonomous Region of the Azores. For more information on the volume and to download the cover image, visit http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/pas/index.htm.

For further information or to RSVP, please contact Judite Fernandes by telephone (508-999-8255) or email j1fernandes@umassd.edu

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