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Overview of American Studies in Portugal

Isabel Caldeira

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1The practice of American Studies in Portugal evolved out of a philological tradition that might be seen in all of the courses taught at the five public Universities (Lisbon – Classic and New, Oporto, Coimbra, and Aveiro) and at the semi-private Catholic University until the Revolution of 1974. The following decade opened up new opportunities for the expansion of the field with the establishment of a few other public universities around the country (Évora, Minho, Algarve, Beira Interior, Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Open University, Madeira and Azores) as well as several private institutions.

2In undergraduate teaching, language and literature have been traditionally privileged areas, but linguistics and culture have gained ground within the curricula in the classic universities since the late 1970s. As a response to the present crisis in the Humanities, an effort is being made to appeal to a wider range of candidates. Changes are being implemented in the curricula and new courses are being offered. As the following data will show, the newer universities seem to be more open to interdisciplinary studies, although many creative practices of interdisciplinarity can be detected in the traditional curricula of older universities. However, it is noticeable that there is a general tendency to respond to developments in the field of American Studies in the US, with a growing exploration of social science, history, women and gender studies, comparative cultural studies, studies of identity, minority and ethnic studies, cinema and other arts.

3For years, American Literature was the only discipline that was taught in Portuguese universities, and only at Coimbra, Lisbon and Oporto. The first Doctorate in American Studies to be held by a Portuguese academic dates from 1973, and was earned by Maria Irene Ramalho de Sousa Santos at the University of Yale. The wide range of activity Professor Santos subsequently developed at the University of Coimbra, including the intensive supervision of numerous MA theses and PhD dissertations around the country, the longstanding collaboration with the Fulbright Program, and her many efforts toward internationalization greatly contributed to the growing visibility of American Studies in Portugal.

4It was only in the 1980s that the first Master of Arts programs were created. Since then, over 100 MA theses have been produced all over the country (50% in the field of cultural studies, 50% in literary studies).

MA programs - An overview of the main universities

5Current American Studies MA programs include the following seminars: Cinema and Literature, Studies of Identity, American Modernism (U Lisbon); History – Immigration, Historical Overview of American Studies, Theories of American Studies, History and Literature, Utopia in America, Science Fiction, Poetry and American Studies, African-American Literature and Culture (U Coimbra); Spaces and Memory: Representations of Place, Representations of America and of the South, (U Oporto); American History, American Culture, American Literature (Poetry and the Arts), Literature and Cinema, Educational Theories (Open U); Modernity in American Literature, Images of the West in 20th-century Literature and Art; Literature and Gender (Catholic U)

6There are also other MA programs—in Anglo-American or Anglo-Portuguese Studies—that include seminars in American Studies: Cinema (U Coimbra); Spaces and Memories in Anglo-American Poetry by Women, Representations of the Non-Place: Spaces of Dystopia in the 20th Century (U Oporto); American Culture (New University of Lisbon); American Literature (U Minho); 20th-century American Literature, 20th-century American Culture, Cinema, Theatre, Post-Colonial Studies (U Aveiro).

Doctoral Programs

7Although Doctoral seminars are still rare in Portuguese Faculties of Letters, a significant number of PhD dissertations in American Studies, predominantly focusing on literature, have been produced all over the country especially since the late 1980s. A transdisciplinary doctoral course created at Coimbra in 2004, "Languages, Identities and Globalization," includes two seminars in Anglo-American Studies.

8The community of Americanists in Portugal is still very small, perhaps as few as 40 people affiliated with joint departments (Anglo-American, Anglo-German) or with larger groups (Social Sciences and Humanities, Languages and Literatures, Languages and Cultures). If in the past we would complain about large numbers of students and a heavy class load, the current crisis in the Humanities has completely changed the situation.

9Although academic employment has been suffering many restrictions since the late 1980s, the present situation has put a stop to any increases of faculty in the foreseeable future. Besides an absurd amount of administrative work (characteristic of our traditionally bureaucratic society), democratic organization in small departments demands a lot from every individual. In addition to these factors, there is now a great pressure to revise curricula and invent new courses in a desperate attempt to survive the current crisis. Present economic strains in Portugal do not encourage research in the Humanities, and fewer and fewer institutions offer academic grants. All in all, we live in an environment that does not favor consistent and intensive scholarly production.

10A cursory reading of the following list of selected publications by Portuguese Americanists in recent years gives us an immediate sense that the dominant interest is still literary analysis—comprising almost 75% of the listed items, notwithstanding the emphasis on cultural studies, visual arts, cyberculture, etcetera, in graduate teaching.


Ongoing Collective Research Projects:

University of Lisbon – Center for English Studies

11"Blurring of Boundaries/Intercultural Dialogues" (Teresa F. A. Alves, Teresa Cid).

University of Oporto – Institute of North American Studies

12“The City in American Literature” (Carlos Azevedo [coordinator], Maria João Pires, Maria Teresa Castilho, Ana Cristina Carneiro, Arminda João Seabra do Amaral, Clara Sarmento, Susana Cruz, Susana Magalhães).

University of Coimbra  – Center for Social Studies (​)

13“Memory, Violence and Identity – New Comparative Perspectives on Modernism” (Maria Irene Ramalho de Sousa Santos, co-coordinator), collective research project, with a strong comparative design and multidisciplinarity. It includes the following individual projects: "Sex and Sexuality in Modernist Poetics" (Maria Irene Ramalho S. Santos), “The Race of the Nation: From Modernism to Post-Modernism in the African-American Text” (Isabel Caldeira), "Memory and Forgetting in the Modernist Transnation: Carey McWilliams and Social Modernism” (Maria José Canelo), “Modernity in Cather and Faulkner” (Paula Mesquita); “Windows of Modernism: Pessoa, Joyce and Fitzgerald (Inês Lage Pinto-Basto), “Inverting the Middle Passage: Return and Modernity in African-American Narrative” (Ana Luísa Saraiva).

Open University – Center for Anglo-American Studies (​investigacao/​ceaa/​index.html)

14“The City in American Culture” (Maria Laura Pires); “Minorities in the US: History, Education and Culture” (António Simões), “Literature and the Arts” (Mário Avelar), “Feminist Movements in America” (Anne Cova), “Theory of Literature and Cultural Studies” (António Feijó).

Recently Finished Projects

University of Lisbon –– Center for English Studies

15“Literary Theory, Literature and Culture” (Maria Helena Paiva Correia, Coordinator) – translation of theoretical and critical texts in English; American literatures and cultures – studies of identity.

University of CoimbraCenter for Social Studies

16“Deterritorialization of Words in L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry and in the Poetry by Portuguese Immigrants in the US” (Graça Capinha); “Nationalism and Literary Magazines in Early 20th Century” (Maria José Canelo), part of a collective project on “Globalization”, 2001;

17Translation into Portuguese of I’m Not Rappaport, by Herb Gardner (João Paulo Moreira).

Open University – Center for American Studies

18“Portugal and the Discovery of America” (Maria Laura Pires, Coordinator), René Garay, New York University (CUNY), Mário Avelar, University of Lisbon;

19“Literature of Exile” (Maria Laura Pires, Coordinator)

20“Two International Associations of Women of American Initiative: International Council of Women and International Women’s Suffrage Alliance” (Anne Cova, Coordinator);

21“Multicultural Education and the History of Linguistic Minorities in the United States” (António Simões, Coordinator).

Ongoing Individual Projects *

22Teresa Botelho, New University of Lisbon: book on the history of the American press and an article on Asian-American crime fiction.

23University of Oporto: Carlos Azevedo on urban space and representation in the Harlem Renaissance and on modernism in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and the South in Yoknapatawpha County”; Teresa Castilho on Delta Wedding, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and utopianism in The Scarlet Letter.

24University of Coimbra: Maria Irene Ramalho S. Santos, organization (with António Sousa Ribeiro and Isabel Caldeira) of a book on Modernisms (including essays by several other Americanists); "Tradition and Violence: A Comparative Study of Lyric Poetry in Modernity” (focusing mainly on American and Portuguese poets) and Maria José Canelo, “Violence and Language in Common Ground”—both part of a collective research project, coordinated by a Germanist—“The Representation of Violence and the Violence of Representation”;

25Graça Capinha, “L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E School: Poetics and Citizenship”; Translation into Portuguese of the Selected Poems of Robert Duncan and revision of the translation into Portuguese of the Collected Poems of Robert Creeley (Graça Capinha); Female Voices in the Poetry of Portuguese Immigrants; Poetry between Portuguese Discoveries and Portuguese Immigration;

26Teresa Tavares: comparative American studies - immigration.

27Isabel Caldeira: comparative work between Lusophone African writers and African-American writers; translation of African-American texts.

28University of Aveiro: David Callahan: publications on James Fenimore Cooper and James Welch, Diane Glancy, Susanna Moore, Janett Turner Hospital; Anthony Barker on American Cinema; Reinaldo Silva on Lusophone American Literature and Representations of the Portuguese in American Literature.

Publications (selection, 1995-   )*

Alves, Teresa F. A.

29“Fashioning One’s Life After a Land of Lost Borders: Mary Austin’s Earth Horizon.Novas Histórias Literárias/New Literary Histories, Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004;

30"Cânone e Diversidade", Cadernos de Anglística 9, Lisboa: Colibri e CEAUL, 2003;

31"Autobiographies of Women in the 'Promised Land'". Feminine Identities. Cadernos de Anglística 5 (Lisboa 2003), 133-160;

32"Imprisonment and Madness: The Patterns of the Entrapped Self". Identity Matters. Anglo-Saxónica, Série II 16/17 (Lisboa 2002), 183-195;

33"'Some Enchanted Evening'—Tuning In the Amazing Fifties, Switching Off the Elusive Decade", American Studies International, XXXIX/3 (October 2001), 25-40;

34"Gazing at the River, Throwing the Line, Daring the Waters". Rivers and the American Experience. Lublin, 2000, 13-33;

35"O conto como oficina da arte de narrar". A palavra e o canto: miscelânea de homenagem a Rita Iriarte. Lisboa, 2000, 301-8;

36"In Praise of Saul's Soul". American Studies International XXXV/1 (February 1997), 32-43;

37"Women's Narratives and the Shifts from the Canon".  Dedalus: Revista Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada (Fevereiro 1997), 15-27.

38----- with Teresa Cid and Heinz Ickstadt, eds. Ceremonies and Spectacles: Performing American Culture. Amsterdam, VU University Press, 2000;

39----- with Maria Irene Ramalho S. Santos (coord.), Teresa Cid and Isabel Caldeira. Literatura americana. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998.

Amaral, João Seabra do.

40“(Re)naissance americana: demanda de uma identidade cultural”. Novas histórias literárias/New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004.

Avelar, Mário,

41---------------ed. Viagens pela palavra: miscelânea de homenagem a Maria Laura Bettencourt Pires. Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 2005;

42 “Os Fundadores e os clássicos”. Viagens pela palavra: miscelânea de homenagem a Maria Laura Bettencourt Pires. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 2005;

43A poesia e as artes visuais. Cosmos, 2005;

44Histórias(s) da literatura americana, preface by George Monteiro. Universidade Aberta, 2004.

45Bildungsroman, Rebuilding American Literary History – Sena Jeter Naslund’s Ahab’s Wife”. Landscapes of Memory – Paisagens da memória. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Editora, 2004;

46“Voices of Absorption – reading Karl Kirchwey’s A Wandering Island”. Miscelânea de homenagem a Margarida Losa. Universidade do Porto, 2004;

47“Jack Kerouac - uma viagem no espaço, no tempo, na linguagem”. Op. cit. 6 (2003);

48“Confessionalismo autobiográfico em Heaven’s Coast, de Mark Doty”. Do esplendor na relva – elites e cultura comum de expressão inglesa. Álvaro Pina et al. eds. Lisboa: Cosmos, 2000;

49 “The ancient earthworks and temples of the American Indians, de Lindesey Brine”, Anglo-Saxónica, 2000;

50“What Happened to the American Dream?” Sociedade e Cultura Norte-Americanas. Ed.  Maria Laura Bettencourt Pires. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1997;

51“Realização ou distorção do sonho americano?” Sociedade e cultura norte-americanas. Ed.  Maria Laura Bettencourt Pires. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1997;

52Sylvia Plath - O rosto oculto do poeta. Lisboa: Cosmos, 1996;

53Operation Memory, de David Lehman: a superação de estereotipos românticos na poesia americana contemporânea”. Anglo-Saxónica, Lisboa, Colibri, 1996.

Azevedo, Carlos.

54“Entre o centro e a margem: excurso sobre histórias e antologias da literatura americana”. Novas histórias literárias/New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004, 245-57;

55"A Portrait of the Indian Woman as Ghost Dancer: Mother Sioux in Paul Auster's Mr. Vertigo”.  Estudos/Studien/Studies 1 (2001), 117-26;

56 “Funeral Excursions, Posthumous Discourses: Twain, Faulkner, and Postmodernist Writing”. Op. Cit. 2 (1999), 115-126;

57 “A educação segundo John Locke: contributos para a identidade cultural americana”. Anglo-Saxónica: Revista do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa. Série II,  8/9 (1998), 121-29;

58“As elites do quotidiano: Don DeLillo e a política da escrita em Mao II”. Do esplendor na relva: elites e cultura comum de expressão inglesa. Álvaro Pina, João Ferreira Duarte e Maria Helena Serôdio (org.). Lisboa: Edições Cosmos, 2000, 549-63;

59"James e Hemingway: as artes da ficção”. Anglo-Saxónica: Revista do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa. Série II,  2/3 (1996), 215-23;

60"Oak Park as the Thing Left Out: Surface and Depth in 'Soldier's Home'", Ernest Hemingway: The Oak Park Legacy. Ed. James Nagel. Tuscaloosa and London: The University of Alabama Press, 1996, 96-107.

Botelho, Teresa.

61“Women Warriors in the Golden Mountain: Chinese-American Feminine Voices and the Experience of Becoming”. Novas histórias literárias/ New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004, 189-200;

62“American Chinatowns: Ethnic Urban Enclaves, Rituals of Representation and the Recreation of Memories”. Landscapes of Memory/Paisagens da memória. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Editora, 2004, 269-277;

63“Randolph Bourne and the Paradoxes of the Cultural Self” Estudos anglo-portugueses: Livro de homenagem a Maria Leonor Machado de Sousa. Lisboa: Edições Colibri, 2003, 367-384;

64“To Withdraw like a Monk and to Live Like a Prince: The American Pursuit of the Idea of Home”. Op. Cit. 5 (2002), 159- 178;

65“Coming of Age: American Jews Under the Union Flag”. Op.Cit. 1 (1998), 91-105;

Caldeira, Isabel

66------------------et al, eds. Novas histórias literárias/New Literary Histories. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004. 

67“The New Black Consciousness: Writing and the Construction of a Black Aesthetic; or, Looking Back at the Handwriting on the Wall”. Anarchy and Dissent:  American Literature in the Sixties. Ed. Díaz Sánchez, María Eugenia and Viorica Patea. Salamanca, Spain: Plaza Universitaria, 1999.

68----- with Maria Irene Ramalho S. Santos (coord.), Teresa F. A. Alves, and Teresa Cid. Literatura americana. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998.

Callahan, David.

69"Containing Manhood in James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer". Viagens pela palavra: miscelânea de homenagem a Maria Laura Bettencourt Pires. Ed. Mário Avelar. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 2005, 75-90;

70"Narrative and Moral Intelligence in Gordon Henry Jr's The Light People." Towards a Transcultural Future: Literature and Society in a 'Post'-Colonial World. Ed. Geoffrey Davis, Peter Marsden, Bénédicte Ledent and Marc Delrez.  New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi Press, 2005, 187-199;

71"Who Hides in the Work of James Fenimore Cooper?" In James Fenimore Cooper: His Country and His Art. Ed Hugh C.MacDougall. Oneonta: State University of New York, 2002: 21-25; also at


73"Sexuality and the Feminine Space in James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room." Op Cit 5 (2002), 9-21;

74"Whiteness Studies: 'Nothing but oppressive and false'?" In Europe: Fact and Fiction. Ed. Anthony David Barker. Aveiro: Centro de Línguas e Culturas, 2001, 117-125.

Canelo, Maria José.

75"Common Ground and Immigrant Literatures in the 1940s". Novas histórias literárias/New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004, 295-306.

76"Carey McWilliams and the question of cultural citizenship in the 1940s". PhD Diss. New York University, 2003.

Capinha, Graça.

77“The Three Marxes and the Four Williamses: A Poetics of Immigration”. Isabel Caldeira et al. eds. Novas Histórias Literárias/New Literary Histories. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004.

78“A magia da tribo. Para uma concepção agonista e poética dos discursos e das identidades: a desterritorialização das palavras na poesia L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E e na poesia dos emigrantes portugueses”. Maria Irene Ramalho e António Sousa Ribeiro (orgs.). Entre ser e estar. Raízes, percursos e identidades. Porto: Afrontamento, 2002;

79"Before the Death of Our Fury: Female Voices in the Poetry of Portuguese Immigrants" in Ferreira, Virgínia, et al. (orgs). Shifting Bonds, Shifting Bounds: Women, Mobility and Citizenship in Europe. Oeiras: Celta, 1998;

80"Tecendo e distorcendo o colonialismo da linguagem: um pequeno e quotidiano exercício de poética". Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais 47 (Fevereiro 1997);

81"Re-criando a inocência: Robert Duncan, The Opening of the Field". Biblos LXXI, 1995;

82----- Co-editor (with Bela Feldman-Bianco) and co-author of Identidades. Estudos de Cultura e Poder. São Paulo: HUCITEC, 2000 (comparative study between Portuguese immigrant poets in the USA and in Brasil);

83-----  Identidades, special issue of the journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais 48 (Junho 1997), (comparative study between Portuguese immigrant poets in the USA and in Brasil)

84----- Co-editor (with Maria Irene Ramalho) and co-author of Os poetas e o social, special issue of the journal Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais. 47 (Fevereiro 1997);

85----- ed. Oficina de poesia. Revista da palavra e da imagem (a publication of the University of Coimbra), 2n series. Coimbra: Oficina de Poesia & Palimage Press.

Cid, Teresa.

86"'Krazy Katting' the Modern American Literary Landscape: from high to low and back again". Novas histórias literárias/New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004, 533-541.

87“Rising Tides: The Power of Floods in American Life and Literature". "Nature's Nation" Revisited: American Concepts of Nature from Wonder to Ecological Crisis. Ed. Hans Bak and Walter Hölbling. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2003. 198-217.

88"Reading Katherine Vaz, Re-thinking the Portuguese Diaspora". Identities. Cadernos de Anglística 5, Lisboa, CEAUL e Edições Colibri, 2002. 249-269.

89"Antigas raízes e novos rumos: o fado/blues de Katherine Vaz e a diáspora portuguesa nos Estados Unidos da América". Raizes e Rumos. Perspectivas Interdisciplinares em Estudos Americanos. Ed. Sonia Torres. Rio de Janeiro: Editora 7 Letras, 2001. 212-219.

90"Wanting America Back: The Crown of Columbus as a Tentative Epic in an Age of Multiculturalism". The Insular Dream. Obsession and Resistance. Ed. Kristian Versluys. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 1995. 342-349.

91----- et al eds. "Feminine Identities". Cadernos de Anglística, 5, Lisboa, Colibri e Ceaul, 2002.

92----- with Teresa Alves and Heinz Ickstadt, eds. Ceremonies and Spectacles: Performing American Culture. Amsterdam: VU University Press, 2000.

93----- with Teresa Alves, eds. Walt Whitman. Colecção Actas e Colóquios. Lisboa: Edições Colibri, 1999.

94----- with Maria Irene Ramalho S. Santos (coord.), Teresa F. A. Alves and Isabel Caldeira. Literatura americana. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998.

Gonçalves, Fernando.

95“’I, Harlem, Speak to You’: A Poesia de Langston Hughes nos Anos 30 ou De Harlem Para o Mundo em Onda Curta”. Novas histórias literárias/New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004.

Mancelos, João de.

96"Tão velhas quanto a lua: Baby Suggs, Thérèse e Consolata nos romances de Toni Morrison". A luz de Saturno: figurações da velhice. Ed.  António Manuel Ferreira. Aveiro: Universidade de Aveiro, 2005. 193-199.

97"A Língua do Invasor e a Língua da Poesia: Joy Harjo e o Desconforto da Linguagem". Hélio Osvaldo Alves: o guardador de rios. Ed. Joanne Paisana. Col. Poliedro, 16. Braga: Centro de Estudos Humanísticos, Universidade do Minho, 2005. 183-189.

98"Witchcraft, Initiation and Cultural Identity in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima". Revista de Letras , série II, 3, 2004. 129-134.

99"The Eco-Poetics of Magic: Joy Harjo's Universal and Dreamy Places". Nordic Association for English Studies: Homepage

100"Como Roubar Cavalos aos Caras Pálidas: Poesia e Contra-cultura em Joy Harjo".

101O lago de todos os recursos: homenagem a Hélio Osvaldo Alves. Ed. Luísa Leal de Faria e Teresa de Ataíde Malafaia. Lisboa: Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa, 2004. 119-126.

102"Aztlán: O Barrío que Molda o Mito na Obra de Rudolfo Anaya". Landscapes of Memory / Paisagens da memória. Ed. Isabel Capeloa Gil, Richard Trewinnard, Maria Laura Pires. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2004. 279-286;

103"Dar novos mundos ao mundo: a retórica dos descobrimentos portugueses e do programa espacial norte-americano". Os descobrimentos portugueses nas rotas da memória. CD-Rom. Viseu: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2002. 229-244.

104"Cultos e culturas: inquérito à nacionalidade de Deus". Do esplendor na relva: elites e cultura comum de expressão inglesa . Ed. Álvaro Pina, José Duarte e  Maria Helena Serôdio. Lisboa: Edições Cosmos, 2000. 273-279.

Marques, Maria do Céu Monteiro.

105“John Dos Passos' USA and the American Dream”. PhD Diss. Universidad de Salamanca.

Martins, Adriana Alves.

106“Between the Power of the Word and the Word of Power: The Importance of the Press in Postmodern Historical Fiction” Novas Histórias Literárias/New Literary Histories. Ed. Isabel Caldeira et al. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004.

Mesquita, Paula.

107“Espectros e fragmentos: tensões psicossexuais em The Sound and the Fury e Absalom, Absalom de William Faulkner”,  Diss. Doutoramento, Universidade de Coimbra, 2005;

108" Daughters of Necessity, Mothers of Resource: White Women and the War in Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!". Donald Kartiganer and Ann J. Abadie (eds.) Faulkner and War. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press, 2004;

109"Law(s) and Disorder(s): Men Trouble in Faulkner's Sanctuary ". Op. Cit. and in Atenea – A Bilingual Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Universidad de Puerto Rico. XXIII 2  (Dezembro 2003);

110"The Persistence of Memory: Reading Faulkner in a Post-Colonial Portuguese Context". Faulkner Journal of Japan 4.Tóquio: Faulkner Society of Japan, 2002.

Pires, Maria Laura Bettencourt

111-----------ed. Europa e América: mitos e confrontos. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998.

112Sociedade e Cultura Norte-Americanas. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1997.

Prata, Ricardo Luís Tavares da Costa.

113 “Narrativas de Ursula Le Guin”. Diss. Doutoramento, Universidade Aberta.

Raamsdonk, Alice Van.

114Hillary Rodham Clinton: de activista liberal a arquétipo do poder feminino. Lisboa: Universitária Editora, 2000.

115"A 'Separação de Esferas' e a instituição das Primeiras Damas dos E.U.A". Faces de Eva. Estudos sobre a mulher 7, Lisboa: Edições Colibri/Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2002. 19-44.

Reis, Maria Filipa Palma dos.

116"De nós ao Outro, nas narrativas universitárias do contexto anglo-americano". Viseu, 1999;

117"O romance académico:  dois mitos em confronto" Maria Laura Bettencourt Pires, ed. Europa e América: mitos e confrontos. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998.

Santos, Maria Irene Ramalho S.

118“Modernist Muses that Matter: Inspiration Revisited in Pessoa and Stevens.” Wallace Stevens Journal 29.1 (Spring 2005).
“The Accidental Bridge: Hart Crane’s Theory of Poetry”. The American Poetry Book. Ed. Stephen Matterson and Michael Hinds. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004;
“Misremembering. H. D. and Inspiration”. Landscapes of Memory/Paisagens da Memória. Ed. Isabel Capeloa Gil, Richard Trewinnard, Maria Laura Pires. Lisboa: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2004;

119Atlantic Poets: Fernando Pessoa's Turn in Anglo-American Modernism. Hanover: University Press of New England, 2003;

120"Poetry in the Machine Age [Stein, Williams, H.D., Moore, Crane, Hughes]" Cambridge History of American Literature. Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. Vol V. (2003).

121-----  (coord.) with Teresa F. A. Alves, Teresa Cid and Isabel Caldeira. Literatura americana. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1998.

122----- ed.. Poesia do Mundo1. Coimbra: Palimage, 1995-98-2001-04.

Sarmento, Clara.

123 As palavras, a página e o livro: a construção literária na obra de Paul Auster. Lisboa: Ulmeiro, 2001, .

Tavares, Teresa.

124 “New Women, New Men, or What You Will in Edith Wharton's The Fruit of the Tree." Edith Wharton Review 21.1 (Spring 2005): 1-15.

125“De-Americanizing American Studies and Feminist Studies: Notes of A Portuguese Feminist Americanist.” American Studies International XXXVIII. 3 (Oct 2000): 100-6.

126“European Immigrants and the Whitening of America, 1890-1924.” Oficina do CES 200 (Dec 2003).

127----- Isabel Caldeira et al, eds. Novas Histórias Literárias/New Literary Histories. Coimbra: MinervaCoimbra, 2004. 

Wilson, Stephen.

128“Reading and Writing History: A Study of Ezra Pound’s American History Cantos”. PhD Diss. University of Dublin, Trinity College, 2003.

Forthcoming *

129Avelar, Mário. “’Shall I compare thee to ... Sylvia Plath?’ Reading Kate Moses’ Wintering”. Anglo-Saxónica CTVII.

130Botelho, Teresa. “The Neo-American Education of Henry Park in Chang-rae Lee’s Native Speaker” Op Cit; “Staging the Binary: Philip Kan Gotanda and the Status of American Ethnic Theatre” Livro de Homenagem à Professora Julia Dias Ferreira.

131Callahan, David. "Cooper's Androgynous Heroes." In Reading Cooper, Teaching Cooper. Ed. Jeffrey Walker. New York: AMS Press, 2005; "DNA, Bodily Realities and Surveillance in CSI." Television, Aesthetics and Reality. Ed. Anthony Barker. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2006.

132Capinha, Graça. “Robert Duncan and the Question of Law: Ernst Kantorowicz and the Poet’s Two Bodies”, in A. Gelpi & R. Bertholf eds. Robert Duncan & Denise Levertov: The Poetry of Politics the Politics of Poetry. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

133Mesquita, Paula. "Vestida para matar: The Unvanquished", in Volume de Homenagem a Margarida Losa.

134* Besides being selected, these are partial lists due to my difficulty in collecting more comprehensive ones.

Academic exchange. Internationalization

University of Lisbon

135Faculty Exchange Program with Georgetown University in Washington; Collaboration with Brown University in a project concerning Portuguese American Literature and Culture;

136Participation and chairing of sessions in EAAS, ASA, Society for the Study of the Short Story (SSSS), and Modernist Studies Association (MSA).

University of Minho

137SOCRATES Programme – Erasmus – Thematic Networks (TN), Rosi Braidotti, Universiteit Utrecht (Coordinator); Ana Gabriela Macedo, Department of English and North American Studies, University of Minho


University of Coimbra

139Exchange program with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with mobility of students, faculty and researchers (João Paulo Moreira: Director of UW Undergraduate Students at Coimbra;

140M. Irene Ramalho S. Santos: International Affiliate, Department of Comparative Literature, UW-Madison (2004-     );

141M. Irene Ramalho S. Santos – First International Representative on the Women's Committee 2003-05, Chair 2004-05 and Program Committee 1999);

142Participation in ASA (M. Irene Ramalho S. Santos, Isabel Caldeira, Graça Capinha; Participation in EAAS (Graça Capinha, João Paulo Moreira, Isabel Caldeira, Maria Irene Ramalho S. Santos, Stephen Wilson);

143The International Meetings of Poets, organized by the Department of Anglo-American Studies at the University of Coimbra, since 1993 (Irene Ramalho S. Santos, President of the Organizing Committee);

144Graça Capinha: collaboration and interchange with the Poetics Program at the University of New York at Buffalo (Directed by Charles Bernstein, Robert Creely, and Robert Bertholf);

145Teresa Tavares: participation in Conferences of the Edith Wharton Society; and in the 27th Conference of the Argentinian Association for American Studies, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe; 4th Conference on Languages of Mercosul, Resistencia, Chaco; and lecture at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, Buenos Aires, 2005; Fulbright Summer Seminar, Multinational Institute of American Studies, New York University, 2003;

146Isabel Caldeira: co-organization of a workshop in the EAAS, 1998 (with Kathleen Ashley, U. of Maine); regular participation in Conferences of the Toni Morrison Society (TMS); participation in Collegium for African American Research (CAAR), MELUS and Modernist Studies Association (MSA).

Activities – Events


1475th International Meeting of Poets, 2004 – University of Coimbra

148Coloquium on “Literatura e Qualidade de Vida” – Open University


1499th International Conference on "The Short Story in English" (21-29 June, 2006) – University of Lisbon;

150Lecture Series on Dialogues between Literature and Art - Open University;

15127th Conference of the Portuguese Association for Anglo-American, “Crossroads of History and Culture”, April 2006 – New University of Lisbon (org.);

1526th International Meeting of Poets, 2007 – University of Coimbra.

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Isabel Caldeira, “Overview of American Studies in Portugal”European journal of American studies [Online], 1-1 | 2006, document 15, Online since 11 January 2006, connection on 24 June 2024. URL:; DOI:

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