Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa

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Poet, short-story writer, feverish inventor—Fernando Pessoa was one of the most innovative figures shaping European modernism. Known for a repertoire of works penned by multiple invented authors—which he termed heteronyms—the Portuguese writer gleefully subverted the notion of what it means to be an author. Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa offers an introduction to the fiction and the "profusion of selves" that populates the enigmatic author's uniquely imagined oeuvre.

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Overview

Poet, short-story writer, feverish inventor—Fernando Pessoa was one of the most innovative figures shaping European modernism. Known for a repertoire of works penned by multiple invented authors—which he termed heteronyms—the Portuguese writer gleefully subverted the notion of what it means to be an author. Adverse Genres in Fernando Pessoa offers an introduction to the fiction and the "profusion of selves" that populates the enigmatic author's uniquely imagined oeuvre.

To guide readers through the eclectic work fashioned by Pessoa's heteronyms, K. David Jackson advances the idea of "adverse genres" revealing genre clashes to be fundamental to the author's paradoxical and contradictory corpus. Through the invented "coterie of authors," Pessoa inverted the usual relationships between form and content, authorship and text. In an inspired, paradoxical, and at times absurd mixing of cultural referents, Pessoa selected genres from the European tradition (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 contemporary ideas. By creating multiple layers of authorial anomaly Pessoa breathes the vitality of modernism into traditional historical genres, extending their expressive range.

Through examinations of "A Very Original Dinner," the "Cancioneiro," love letters to Ophelia Queirós, "The Adventure of the Anarchist Banker," Pessoa's collection of quatrains derived from Portuguese popular verse, the Book of Disquietude, and the major poetic heteronyms, Jackson enters the orbit of the artist who exchanged a normal life for a world of the imagination.

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"Jackson's study is a welcome new addition to the still all-too-scarce critical literature on Pessoa available in English. It discusses a more comprehensive and varied repertoire of texts from the writer's labyrinthine oeuvre than any of its predecessors and stages their interplay in a boldly designed interpretive framework."-Anna Koblucka, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

"The rewriting and rethinking of Western literary traditions in the work of Fernando Pessoa involves the question of genre as much as it does that of personality and authorship. Pessoa's embrace and subversion of traditional genres is the compass used by Jackson in this welcome new study. In perceptive analysis of relatively neglected texts that includes The Mariner, The Anarchist Banker, and Mensagem, Jackson has cleared a bright new trail through the thicket we know as Fernando Pessoa."-Ricardo da Silveira Lobo Sternberg, University of Toronto

"In this major new study of Fernando Pessoa, K. David Jackson offers an exciting new perspective on the Portuguese poet, his heteronyms, his poetics, his handling of genre, and his place within international modernism. The notion of 'adverse genres' that Jackson introduces highlights Pessoa's complexity, thereby staying true to the nature of that elusive writer's poetics. Drawing on an impressive body of scholarship, Jackson offers an intellectually thought-provoking as well as highly readable analysis of one of the twentieth century's greatest poets."-Helena Buescu, University of Lisbon

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195391213
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/30/2010
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

K. David Jackson is Professor of Portuguese at Yale University. He is the editor of the Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction. Deceiving the Messenger: To Be And Not To Be
1. Cannibal Rituals: Cultural Primitivism in "A Very Original Dinner"
2. Waiting for the Ancient Mariner: A Theater of Immanence
3. Feigning Real Life: Heart and Mind in the Cancioneiro
4. Clearly Non-Campos!: Álvaro de Campos's Song of Non-Self
5. "All Love Letters are Ridiculous:" Fernando's Sentimental Education
6. The Adventure of the Anarchist Banker
7. Alberto Caeiro's Other Version of Pastoral
8. Scientific Neoclassicism in the Odes of Ricardo Reis
9. History as Iconography: Messages from Beyond
10. The Book of Disquietude: The Anti-Artist and the Non-Book
11. The Mirror, the Coat Hanger, and the Pen: Pessoa's Labyrinth
Appendices
1. "A Very Original Dinner" by Alexander Search
2. Locating the Odes of Ricardo Reis by edition
Bibliography
Index

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