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Alexandre Herculano and Soares de Passos: ressonances of the English and German Romanticism in Portugal

Grant number: 15/23886-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2016
Effective date (End): December 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Literature - Other Vernacular Literatures
Principal Investigator:Sandra Aparecida Ferreira
Grantee:Grazzielle Forcato Martins
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Letras (FCL-ASSIS). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Assis. Assis , SP, Brazil


This project intends to demonstrate the repercussions of the English ballads in the European ultra-romantic manifestations, with emphasis on the Portuguese poets active during most of the 19th century. By collecting keywords of the selected poems, we search for the establishment of a model recreated from the English ballad all over Europe. The methodology is guided by Mario Praz's considerations concerning the European romantic manifestation, especially the reflections proposed in Flesh, Death and the Devil in Romantic Literature (1996), which delimitated the main ideas that shaped the movement. The poems initially selected for analysis are part of the so called Portuguese ultra-romanticism: Noivado do Sepulcro (1856), by António Augusto Soares de Passos (1826 - 1860) and A Noiva do Sepulcro, by Alexandre Herculano (1810 - 1870), for it presents exemplarily the ideals of the transcendent horrid beauty, cherished by predecessors, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832), Pyrce Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822) and John Keats (1795 - 1821).

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