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The project of the book of Disquiet and the German romanticism: the problem of the fragment

Grant number: 15/16698-2
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Philosophy
Principal Investigator:Márcio Suzuki
Grantee:Cláudia Franco Souza
Supervisor: Paulo Alexandre Esteves Borges
Host Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal  
Associated to the scholarship:13/05665-0 - Fernando Pessoa and the German romanticism, BP.PD


This research project abroad intends to establish a relationship between the project of the Book of Disquiet and the first German Romanticism taking into consideration the problem of the fragment. This book has remained as a project throughout the life of Fernando Pessoa, having only been published eight fragments thereof before the author's death in 1935. The project of the book consists of a series of fragments, the romantic genre par excellence. Both Novalis and Friedrich Schlegel reflected about the fragment, mostly from the dialectic between fragment and totality. The fragments of the project of disquiet received the signatures of three authors: Fernando Pessoa, Vicente Guedes and Bernardo Soares. This shows that the fragmentation is a mark of this project: fragmentation of text and authors. A fragmentation that puts the reader in touch with Pessoa's inner collectivity, an issue that may be related to the question of romantic genius. In addition, Romanticism appears verbatim in the project of disquiet: in one of the fragments there is a direct reference to the lyric of Heine that is exalted and considered superior to Shakespearean drama. The fragments of disquiet are still related to another aspect of German Romanticism: the question of the dream. In many fragments belonging to this project, dream and reality intertwine, creating an atmosphere close to the German philosophical romantic thought. From the romantic reflection on the fragment we intend to show the relationships that can be established between the project of disquiet and the German romanticism. (AU)

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