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 - 2012

"Fiction=Truth. What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Fiction? Modernism as a Lesson"

Lecture by Jacinto Lucas Pires, writer, film director, and musician

May 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM. , Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the
Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives - UMass Dartmouth Library Building (Parking lot 13)

Pizza and ginger ale available before the talk.
Event free and open to the public

Jacinto Lucas Pires
Jacinto Lucas Pires, writer, film director and
musician.

The UMD MA & PhD Program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory, in collaboration with the Camões Center at UMass Boston, the CEPE-EUA Coordenação do Ensino de Português, the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, the UMD Department of Portuguese, the UMD Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, and the UMD Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives cordially invites you to a special lecture “Fiction=Truth. What Do We Talk about When We Talk about Fiction? Modernism as a Lesson", by Jacinto Lucas Pires, writer, film director, and musician.

The event - free and open to the public - will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 5:00 PM in Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, UMD Library Building (Parking Lot 13). Pizza and ginger ale available before the talk.

The PhD candidate Fernando Beleza will present two shorts directed by Francisco Lucas Pires: Cinemaamor (1999) and B.D. (2004).

“Fiction=Truth. What do We Talk about when We Talk about Fiction? Modernism as a Lesson.” The experience of writing the play Exactamente Antunes from Nome de Guerra, Almada Negreiros's modernist novel. Portugal=Almada+Pessoa+? Storytelling as some kind of “truth lab.” To write stories not to escape oneself but, on the contrary, to plunge through our own mirrors and into the world. Writing as a way not to solve mysteries, but to make them clear; solid-clear, as things on a table. Writing novels, plays, film scripts - different techniques, but the same object, and the same essential dilemma. Fiction=Truth=Images+Ideas? The difficult balance between illusion and distance, fantasy and craftsmanship, simplicity and irony, showing and questioning.

Jacinto Lucas Pires was born in Oporto in 1974 and lives in Lisbon. He is the author of three novels, Do sol (2004), Perfeitos milagres (2007), and O verdadeiro ator (2011). He has won the Prémio Europa - David Mourão-Ferreira (Bari University, Italy/ Instituto Camões, Portugal) in 2008. He has also written Assobiar em público, a collection of short stories, Azul-turquesa, a novella, and Livro usado, a travel book about Japan (all published by Livros Cotovia). He has written theater plays (Writing, speaking, Extras, Sagrada família, Exactamente Antunes and Adalberto Silva Silva, among others) and film scripts (he has directed two, Cinemaamor and B.D.). He is a member of the music band Os Quais.

For further information, please contact Victor K. Mendes, Director, MA & PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory.

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