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Name: Peter Haysom

PhD: Portuguese & Lusophone Studies

Thesis Title: Regionalism and Resistance: Writing the Region in Twentieth Century Portuguese Fiction

Thesis Description:

My thesis will consider the importance of regional identity in Portuguese novels of the 20th Century, framing “regionalism” as an ideological project as opposed to a purely aesthetic choice employed by several Portuguese authors of that period. Considering changing political attitudes to central Government within 20th Century Portugal, as well as broader circumstances of social and economic change in the context of increasing globalisation, this comparative research will consider the role of the region in informing Portuguese cultural identity through novels.

This project will incorporate the still-developing fields of geocriticism and literary geography, as well as political theories exploring the tensions between centres and margins, urban and rural communities and capitals and “provinces”. The relevance of this research lies in the ongoing controversy in Portugal concerning de-centralisation and the intervention of Lisbon’s Government in marginal rural areas, as well as broader cultural divisions in Western nations between so-called “metropolitan elites” and the values of local/regional communities. My thesis aims to contribute to these current debates by evaluating regional identities in a geographically small, yet diverse, European nation.

Supervisors and Institution(s): 

Dr Rui Miranda (University of Nottingham); Dr Mark Sabine (University of Nottingham)



  • "‘Obsessiva eternidade’: o fim do mundo rural, segundo Aquilino Ribeiro”, in AA.VV., Materiais para o Fim do Mundo 7. Porto: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, pp.5-15

Conference Participations:


  • "Formar um bloco com os nossos corpos: o corpo localizado em Novas Cartas Portuguesas", paper given at Intersexualities: Crossing Bodies, Crossing Borders, University of Porto (March)
  • "‘Estes povos pastoris’: a aldeia de Vilarinho da Furna e a literatura de Miguel Torga", paper given at Geopoetics 2017 International Conference: Literary Spaces and Critical Territories, University of Porto (June)

Other Research Interests:

  • Portuguese literature and culture
  • Brazilian and Lusophone literature and culture
  • Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone history
  • Feminist theory
  • Literary and cultural geography


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