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

- Fall 2012 Lecture Series -

"In-Between Space of Fiction: Paul Ricoeur and João Guimarães Rosa"

Lecture by Prof. Luiz Fernando Valente of Brown University

November 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the
Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, parking lot 13 UMass Dartmoouth

Event free and open to the public (in portuguese)

Prof. Luiz Fernando Valente
Prof. Luiz Fernando Valente of
Brown University

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Graduate Program in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies, Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives announce a lecture, “The In-Between Space of Fiction: Paul Ricoeur and João Guimarães Rosa,” by Prof. Luiz Fernando Valente of Brown University, scheduled for Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Prince Henry Society Reading Room at the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, parking lot 13. This lecture, free and open to the public, will be in Portuguese.

In his study of the mediating function of narrative, the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur focuses on such masterpieces of modernism as Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, and Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, in terms of “an experience of eternity.” Although unknown to Ricoeur, the work of the major twentieth-century Brazilian writer Guimarães Rosa may be understood in the same way as the aforementioned classics. This lecture develops a dialogue between Ricoeur and Guimarães Rosa through a rereading of “Uma estória de amor (Festa de Manuelzão),” from the collection of novellas Corpo de baile (1956).

Luiz Fernando Valente is Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature and the Chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University. He is the author of Mundividências: leituras comparativas de Guimarães Rosa (2011) and the co-founder and Associate Editor of Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature.

For further information, please contact Prof. Victor K. Mendes, Director, MA & PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory, at vmendes@umassd.edu

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