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 - 2014

Last Will and Testament: Potatoes, Life and Poetry

A lecture by Prof. Ana Luísa Amaral
Hélio and Amélia Pedroso Endowed Chair

Monday, November 10, 5:00 pm
UMass Dartmouth - BOT room (3rd floor Admin Building)

- Free and open to the UMD community as well as the public -
Refreshments will be served

Prof. Ana Luísa Amaral
Ana Luísa Amaral holds a Ph.D. on Emily
Dickinson and is a professor at the University
of Porto.

Departing from her poem “Last Will and Testament” (1990), Prof. Amaral will discuss the connections between parenthood, as a source of both pleasure, anguish, and poetic creativity. She will also discuss the problematics of sexual difference that surround the reception of the poems. Along the presentation, Prof. Amaral will use other poems of hers in order to address the mother/daughter relationship, here seen as a kind of female lineage, crossing it with the issues of freedom, autonomy, (self-) respect and love.

ANA LUÍSA AMARAL holds a Ph.D. on Emily Dickinson and is a professor at the University of Porto. She has developed her academic research around Comparative Poetics and Feminist Studies and has coordinated several international projects. She has written over twenty books, of poetry (such as Minha Senhora de Quê, Às Vezes o Paraíso, A Génese do Amor, among others), theatre (Próspero morreu) and children’s literature (such as Gaspar, o Dedo Diferente, A História da Aranha Leopoldina, among others). Her books have been published in several countries. She has also translated poets like Eunice de Souza, John Updike, and Emily Dickinson. Theatre plays have been staged around her poetry and her books for children. She has taught several courses on Creative Writing and has been awarded several prizes and distinctions, among which are the Correntes d’Escritas/Casino da Póvoa prize and the Grande Prémio da APE (Associação Portuguesa de Escritores). Her most recent books are Como Tu (children’s literature, 2012), Ara (fiction, Sextante, 2013) and Escuro (poetry, Assírio & Alvim, 2014).

This lecture will be delivered in English.