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By Pessoa, Fernando; Jackson, Kenneth David

ISBN-10: 0195391217

ISBN-13: 9780195391213

ISBN-10: 0199741700

ISBN-13: 9780199741700

Poet, short-story author, feverish inventor--Fernando Pessoa used to be essentially the most leading edge figures shaping eu modernism. identified for a repertoire of works penned through a number of invented authors--which he termed heteronyms--the Portuguese author gleefully subverted the idea of what it ability to be an writer. Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa offers an creation to the fiction and the "profusion of selves" that populates the enigmatic author's uniquely imagined oeuvre.

To advisor readers during the eclectic paintings shaped by means of Pessoa's heteronyms, ok. David Jackson advances the assumption of "adverse genres" revealing style clashes to be primary to the author's paradoxical and contradictory corpus. during the invented "coterie of authors," Pessoa inverted the standard relationships among shape and content material, authorship and textual content. In an encouraged, paradoxical, and now and then absurd blending of cultural referents, Pessoa chosen genres from the ecu culture (Ricardo Reis's Horatian odes, Álvaro de Campos's worship of Walt Whitman, Alberto Caeiro's pastoral and metaphysical verse, and Bernardo Soares's philosophical diary), into which he inserted incongruent modern principles. by way of developing a number of layers of authorial anomaly Pessoa breathes the power of modernism into conventional historic genres, extending their expressive diversity.

Through examinations of "A Very unique Dinner," the "Cancioneiro," love letters to Ophelia Queirós, "The event of the Anarchist Banker," Pessoa's number of quatrains derived from Portuguese renowned verse, the booklet of Disquietude, and the key poetic heteronyms, Jackson enters the orbit of the artist who exchanged an ordinary existence for an international of the mind's eye

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13 Class exploitation, justified by libidinal release, finds its counterpoint in the chaste banquets, catalysts for Prosit’s influence over the group in a disguised form of colonial control of desires. ”14 Prosit destabilizes the group with aggressive humor, at the same time that he binds it with his electric manner. The narrator is equally CANNIBAL RITUALS 33 susceptible to the attractions and repulsions of his personality, revealed through jokes. ” Although the narrator sees in this contrast a possible enigma of personality, perceivable through intuition, one may conclude that he sees in Prosit the figure of a totem; the obviousness of his coarse mirth diffuses offense, aided by his eagerness to please, even by his ardent indulgence in the practice of carnal degustation to which his humor makes subliminal if constant reference, such that the darker impulses in his behavior slip into the realm of the unconscious and imperceptible, in the narrator’s opinion.

Mere variations of existing recipes, different sauces, seasonings, and spices were called “new,” but were judged not to be real novelties. The discussion concerning the meaning of “originality” was aimed far beyond change, destruction, or some other substitution, to encompass some completely different way of conceiving of the field. Pessoa’s own thinking in 1907 must have reflected this direction, rejecting both surface newness of the approaching avantgardes and the destructive tendencies that the Futurist Manifesto would glorify in 1909.

51 Mixed genres, however, are only a first step. Pessoa lives at odds with tradition, and adverse genres—defined by tensions between form and thought, writer and text, language and meaning—dominate every major facet of his literary world. His motivation is in part a purely avant-garde attitude of absurdity, based on the paradox that since we cannot know what we are in reality, the “only way to be in agreement with life is to disagree with ourselves (O único modo de estarmos de acordo com a vida é estarmos em desacordo com nós próprios) [LD 23].

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