MORPHE – Text and Memory

Coord. Fernanda Gil Costa

MORPHE researches memory in its relationship with tradition, emotions and textuality, aiming to contribute to the debate of how individual, collective and cultural identities are formed and transformed. It is organized into 6 research clusters working on specific topics: COMPARATIVE WORLD LITERATURE aims to develop the field of Word Literature in Portugal, based on the comparative perspective and the estrangement of reading, promoting a non-Eurocentric conception of European literatures; it hosts a subsidised project with the same title. ECHO/LYRA: ON LATE MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN PORTUGUESE SONGBOOKS uses a
comparative approach to study the only testimony of C15 Portuguese courtly poetry and, in the future, will expand its research to cover its posterity in C16 works; it hosts a project with the same title. POSTHUMAN: POSTHUMANIST LITERARY IMAGINATION explores the contribution of the post-humanist literary imagination to a critical awareness of the limits of traditional anthropocentric and humanistic assumptions, challenging boundaries between the human and the non-human, the self and the other, the organic and the technological; it hosts a project with the same title. AESTHETICS OF MEMORY AND EMOTIONS works on memory and emotions in literature and the arts from modernity to today, with a special focus on contemporary artistic representations of trauma and migration, and on the impact of the
media and new technologies on the cultural dimensions of memory and emotion; it hosts the project OUT OF PLACE: EMOTIONS AND MEMORY. TEXTUALITIES pursues educational purposes, preparing editions and reeditions of literary texts, and studying the presence of Portuguese authors in C20 textbooks and syllabi. ESSE: FACING MIRRORS: FERNANDO PESSOA IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVES explores a new vision of Pessoa’s work, by following a comparative and interdisciplinary approach based on his private library and the reading inscribed therein.


  • Memory studies
  • Literary tradition
  • World literature
  • Textualities


P.I.: Rita Patrício Read more


P.I.: Bruno Béu Read more

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