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

Reading of Camões at Boston Public Library, with Helen Vendler

Lauching of bilingual edition of Camões's lyric poetry at Boston Public Library

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, and the Consul-General of Portugal in Boston announce a public program to celebrate the publication of Sonnets and Other Poems, a new edition of the lyric of *Luís de Camões* (c. 1524-1580), with translation by *Richard Zenith*. The event will be held in the Orientation Glass Room at the Boston Public Library on Thursday, September 24, 2009, from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m., and will feature a presentation by *Helen Vendler*, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor in the Department of English and American Literature and Language at Harvard University, followed by a reading by *Richard Zenith*.

Sonnets 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. The publication of Sonnets and Other Poems was made possible by generous support from the Luso-American Foundation of Lisbon and the Ministry of Culture of Portugal (Direcção Geral do Livro e das Bibliotecas).

 

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Helen Vendler, the A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard University, is one of the most influential critics of contemporary poetry in the United States. Her books include Wallace Stevens: Words Chosen Out of Desire; The Music of What Happens: Poems, Poets, and Critics; Seamus Heaney; Yeat’s Vision and the Later Plays and The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

A distinguished scholar, she has published acclaimed books on the odes of Keats and on the sonnets of Shakespeare, as well as reviews for The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.

*Richard Zenith* is one of the pre-eminent translators from Portuguese and Brazilian literature today. Besides Camões, his translations include works by António Lobo Antunes, Fernando Pessoa and João Cabral de Melo Neto. Fernando Pessoa & Co.: Selected Poems (Grove Press) won the 1999 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation, his new version of Pessoa’s The Book of Disquiet (Penguin) was awarded the 2002 Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Prize, and Melo Neto’s *Education by Stone: Selected Poems* received an award from the Academy of American Poets. He has published his own poetry in reviews, a book of short stories titled Terceiras Pessoas (2003), and numerous essays on Portuguese literature.

Forthcoming in Renaissance and Baroque studies in the Adamastor Book Series: The Traveling Eye: Retrospection, Vision, and Prophecy in the Portuguese Renaissance , by Helder Macedo and Fernando Gil, and The Sermon of Saint Anthony to the Fish and Other Texts/, by António Vieira, with translation by Gregory Rabassa. For more information on these and other publications of the Center, visit: http://www.portstudies.umassd.edu/adamastor/.

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