Thesis Title: Regionalism and Resistance: Writing the Region in Twentieth Century Portuguese Fiction
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 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 study 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, and yet diverse, European nation.
Supervisors and Institution(s):
Dr Mark Sabine (University of Nottingham); Dr Rui Miranda (University of Nottingham)
"‘Obsessiva eternidade’: o fim do mundo rural, segundo Aquilino Ribeiro”, in AA.VV., Materiais para o Fim do Mundo7. Porto: Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, pp.5-15
"‘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)
"‘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)
"'Uma rebeldia barata': reading regional identity through regionalist politics during Portugal's First Republic and Aquilino Ribeiro's early 'regionalist' novels", paper given at Breaking the Wall: Identity and Border Crossing in the Luso-Hispanic World - The Ohio State University's 21st Annual Hispanic & Lusophone Studies Symposium (Ohio State University)
Other Research Interests:
Portuguese, Brazilian & Lusophone literature and culture
Portuguese, Brazilian & Lusophone history
Feminist theory - "Politics of Location" & Intersectionality