Do lado da “praia sem mar”: o lugar da narrativa breve no cânone e no ensino da Literatura Portuguesa

Title in English Genres of short prose in the literary canon and the teaching of Portuguese literature


Year of publication 2022
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The constitution of a canon is always a risky task and, by nature, incomplete. The canon varies over time, sheltering and excluding authors according to their consecration and evaluative rigour, in force in each period, providing the polarity based on the vectors of temporality/atemporality a more or less objective perspective of what deserves to be addressed in educational institutions. Moreover, the establishment of a canon of foreign literature should take into consideration one more important aspect: the existence of translations. It is intended, therefore, in this lecture, to propose a brief reflection on the constitution of the canon of Portuguese Literature in that "beach without a sea", which is, in António Franco Alexandre's expression, Central Europe ("Zentraleuropa, 1" In Carrocel, 2021). In this particular case, it is the city of Brno, located in the crossroads between three Central European capitals, Prague, Vienna and Bratislava. Within this problematic will be focused and discussed, in particular, the position and importance (not always properly recognized) of the short narrative in the canon and teaching of Portuguese Literature.
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