“De gregos a portugueses. A transferência cultural como um problema de consciência crítica na Cidade de Ulisses de Teolinda Gersão” [“From Greek to Portuguese. The cultural transfer as a problem of critical consciousness in Cidade de Ulisses, by Teolinda Gersão”], Estudios Hispánicos, vol. XXIII, 2015, p. 173-184. ISSN 0239-6661
The novel A Cidade de Ulisses (2011), written as an answer to the economic crisis, sheds a new light on the relationship between Portugal and Greece. This relationship was very important for the generation living under the regime of Salazar, that looked up to Greece for a model of supranational identity and true civilisation, as opposed to the vision launched by the official propaganda. In her novel, Teolinda Gersao deconstructs one of the myth of the Portuguese identity, the belief that the city of Lisbon had been founded by Ulysses. From a neo-feminist perspective, she criticises the presence of this paradigm in Portuguese culture. At the same time, she deconstructs the idealistic vision of Greece, replacing it by a sounder, more realistic idea of identification and solidarity with Europe's deficient South.
“Nós, Portugal, o poder ser. Um universalismo virtual como resultado dum processo de auto-mitificação da cultura”, [“We, Portugal, the possibility of being. Virtual universalism as the result of the process of cultural self-mythification”], Mitologizacja kultury w polskiej i iberyjskiej twórczości artystycznej / Mitificação de cultura na criação artística ibérica e polaca, Wojciech Charchalis, Bogdan Trocha (eds.), Zielona Góra, Pracownia Mitopoetyki i Filozofii Literatury – Uniwersytet Zielonogórski, 2015, p. 287-297. ISBN 978-83-940506-8-9
“El erotismo aporético de Ausiàs March” [“The aporetic eroticism of Ausiàs March”], Estudios Hispánicos, vol. XXII, 2014, p. 71-81. ISSN 2084-2546
The poetry of Ausiàs March illustrates not only the emergence and affirmation of Catalan literature from the Romance continuum, but also the crisis of the European consciousness at the beginning of the early-modern era. The rupture in relation to the Occitan poetic tradition implies a reevaluation of love in a larger context of human life, which is determined by moral and epistemological pessimism. The supposed “misogyny” of the Valentian poet reflects his general attitude towards the human condition, which is unworthy of the ideal, deficient, finite and prone to frustration. The birth of the saturnine eroticism, immersed in its own contradictions, leads to the consciousness dominated by the dependence of man on God.
“'Calentando los huesos en las tumbas'. El cuerpo post-orgiástico y el ocaso del mundo mediterráneo en Makbara de Juan Goytisolo” [“'Keeping the bones warm in the graves'. The post-orgiastic body and the decline of the Mediterranean world in Makbara by Juan Goytisolo”], Studia Romanica Posnaniensia, vol. XL, no 2/2013, p. 51-61. ISBN 978-83-232-2597-3 ISSN 0137-2475, eISSN 2084-4158
The key issue of the analysis, concentrated on the dystopia by Juan Goytisolo, Makbara, is the condition of human sexual body which, in terms proposed by Baudrillard, can be qualifi ed as post-orgiastic. While an asexual, aseptic social system is created in the modern, civilized Europe, Morocco seems to be the last refuge not only for the marginalized sexuality, but also for the romantic dreams about marriage. Nonetheless, the Moroccan promise of authentic eroticism acquires a necrophilic flavour of “love at the cemetery”. In the conclusion, Goytisolo is shown as the advocate of a dying, spectral culture, victim of unceasing, manifold exploitation and unable to counterbalance the European symbolic and economic predominance in the Mediterranean.
“Sangue e leite. A transmutação andrógina no Físico prodigioso de Jorge de Sena” [“Blood and Milk. Androgynous transmutation in O Físico prodigioso, by Jorge de Sena”], Estudios Hispánicos, XXI, 2013, p. 121-131. ISSN 2084-2546
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To read O Físico prodigioso as an autobiography, according to the recommendation given by the author, seems a difficult task. The notion of androgyny, appearing in a larger context of reflection on sexuality and gender led by Jorge de Sena, may give an interpretative key to this text, specially if it is considered in the context of his scholarly interests and writings. The intertextual games in O Físico prodigioso give depth to the message concerning sexuality: it should be transcended into androgynous condition, associated with the plenitude of creative powers and the sacred.