A cidade transfigurada em "A tragédia de D. Ramón", de Branquinho da Fonseca

Title in English Transfigured city in "A tragédia de D. Ramón", by Branquinho da Fonseca


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Convergencia Lusíada
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web http://rgplrc.libware.net/ojs/index.php/rcl/article/view/289
Keywords urban imagery; night walking; Branquinho da Fonseca; Lisbon in Portuguese literature
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Description The article focuses on urban imagery depicted in the short story “A tragédia de D. Ramón” (Caminhos magnéticos, 1938) by Branquinho da Fonseca (1905-1974). Based primarily on the myth-criticism and phenomenological method (Sansot, 1971; Hodrová, 2006), the present analysis stresses various literary parallels that can be found in Fonseca’s short story. From this point of view, two representational modes can be observed: the “sensorial” city, in which a literary dialogue with the poetry of Cesário Verde can be detected, and the “hallucinatory city”, which promotes a dialogue with the imaginary of Raul Brandao and Fialho de Almeida. In both cases the motif of the night walking in the city can be read as a symbolic demand for the self, which reveals a psychological drama of the protagonist, as well as a trauma of a migrant in the 20th century.
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