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

Symposium “Eça and Machado Revisited: A Seminar with Carlos Reis and João Cezar de Castro Rocha”

An event dedicated to the two leading novelists of the Portuguese language - Eça de Queirós (1845-1900) of Portugal, and Machado de Assis (1839-1908) of Brazil)

Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
LARTS 374 (parking available in Lot 1)

Free and Open to the Public

The UMass Dartmouth Department of Portuguese and Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture announce a symposium, “Eça and Machado Revisited: A Seminar with Carlos Reis and João Cezar de Castro Rocha,” to be held on Friday, December 11, 2009, 2:00 – 4:00 PM in LARTS 374 (parking available in Lot 1). The event, dedicated to the two leading novelists of the Portuguese language—Eça de Queirós (1845-1900), of Portugal, and Machado de Assis (1839-1908), of Brazil)—is free and open to the public.

Carlos ReisCarlos Reis, of the Universidade Aberta of Portugal and the University of Coimbra, will present a lecture entitled “O cânone da literatura queirosiana: A Correspondência de Fradique Mendes.” Professor João Cezar de Castro Rocha, of Manchester University and Visiting Endowed Chair Professor in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, will give a lecture on “Machado de Assis & Eça de Queirós:
Paradigmas de apropriação.”

*Carlos Reis* is Chancellor of Universidade Aberta and Professor at Universidade de Coimbra. He is a renowned scholar in 19^th and 20^th Century Portuguese Literature, especially in the works of Eça de Queirós. He is the author of fifteen books published in Portugal, Brazil, Spain, the United States, and Germany, and has taught at various universities in the United States and Brazil. Professor Reis is the coordinator of Edição Crítica das Obras de Eça de Queirós as well as História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa. Between 1998 and 2002 he was Director of the National Library of Portugal. He has also served as the President of the International Association of Lusitanists (1999-2002) and President of the National Commission to Commemorate the Centennial of the Death of Eça de Queirós (2000-2001). In 2005, he held the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, which allows for the yearly hire of a distinguished scholar and professor, specializing in the vast and varied Portuguese-speaking world comprised of over 220 million people in eight countries on four continents.

 Jo?o Cezar de Castro Rocha*João Cezar de Castro Rocha* is Professor of Comparative Transatlantic Studies at the University of Manchester, where he has also also been Director of the Institute for Transnational Studies and Director of the MA in Latin American Cultural Studies. He is a renowned scholar on Brazilian literature and culture, being the author of several books, including Literatura e cordialidade: o público e o privado na cultura brasileira, that was awarded the Mário de Andrade Award from the National Library of Brazil. He is also the co-author of Evolution and Conversion (Continuum, 2008), with René Girard and Pierpaolo Antonello, which was awarded the prestigious Prix Aujourd'hui for 2004. He is the editor of more than 20 books, including two published by the UMD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. He has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellowship at the University of Berlin; the Tinker Visiting Professor at the University of Wisconsin, the “Ministry of Culture Visiting Fellow” at the University of Oxford; the “Overseas Visiting Scholar,” at the Cambridge University; and the John D. and Rose H. Jackson Fellowship, at the Yale University. He presently holds the Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies.

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