Percorrendo os caminhos da morte rumo à personificação em As Intermitências da Morte e O Triunfo da Morte


IBICT - Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia




This study investigates the death personification as one of the great elements of rupture between the Portuguese Traditional Literature and the Contemporary Literature as a subsidy for reflection on the Portuguese post-modern reality. Facing a stagnant tradition around the lyric, artistic productions appear which searched literary subject from the European imaginary to develop a literature on a critical way. The importance of the imaginary of medieval death as a cultural reference is proved through a great deal of iconographies and from written texts found along the ages also in the contemporaneity and in the preservation of popular parties and feasts still in the 21st century. Following this tendency, the death personification is the central element developed in the novel by José Saramago As intermitências da morte, and by Augusto Abelaira O Triunfo da morte, literature post-74, seen as a way to literature renovation as well as a critical society exercise. It is also through the death figure that three post-modern concepts are developed: rupture between fiction and reality, parody and irony. These approaches are worked and developed from the theory by Käte Hamburger and Linda Hutcheon, among others, because of the possibility of uniting the death theme and the post-modern theory on the theory specific course defined in this study.


portuguese literature saramago, josé, 1922-, as intermitências da morte abelaira, augusto, 1926-, o triunfo da morte medieval death literatura portuguesa post-modernity crítica literária imaginário representação cultural morte cultura medieval pós-modernidade

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