Memory and Literary Dialogues

Coordinator:  António Maria Martins Melo.

Given the increasing interest in Lusophony and the need to revalue the fecundity of classical literary tradition, and in view of the priority areas of research defined by UCP 2015-2020, namely Area IV (Memory, change and innovation), but also Area III (Citizenship, Ethics and social responsibility), the main objectives of this Research Group are:

. reflect in a comparative perspective on the processes of the presence of Greco-Latin literary memory in modern and contemporary Portuguese literature;
. comparatively and intertextually analyze plural demonstrations of the presence of literary memory in modern and contemporary authors.

An interdisciplinary articulation will be favoured: this literary research adopts abroad linguistic, historical, cultural and philosophical contextualization, and aims to developties with national and international research centres.

The activities planned by the Research Group aims:

. the innovation of knowledge and legacy of the literature of Greek-Latin antiquity and the fecundity of its presence in Portuguese literature and culture;
. the literary memory and reception processes: themes, topica, archetypes, myths and figures;
. the forms of intertextual and comparatist rewriting of the legacy of literary tradition: feminine representations; links between landscape and literature;
. the dynamics between tradition and literary innovation: extensions and re-updates of the poetic-rhetorical heritage;
. the exploration of relevant connections between literary studies and other perspectives – from Philosophy to Psychology;
. the application of the most updated theoretical and methodological bases in the field of literary studies, specifically of comparatist criticism.

The targeted strategy is to deepen the interdisciplinary links between research groups from the cluster of memory, exploring the dialectics between tradition and innovation, analyzing creative processes, intertextuality and conceptual integration; the relations between narrative and identity; and the relations between education, exempla and memory, articulating the dimensions of the sacred, rites and memory.

This interdisciplinary framework will be strengthened through collaboration with institutions of the surrounding region, implementing cooperation and disseminating knowledge of the investigation.