ECHO – POETRY AND POETS OF THE “CANCIONEIRO GERAL” – Comparatistas – english version


P.I.: Cristina Almeida Ribeiro


The project ECHO: Poetry and Poets of the Cancioneiro Geral started from a double notice: (I) the increasing interest in 15th-century Iberian poetry and in the songbooks that assured its transmission led, in the last thirty years, to significant advances in the knowledge of collections, genres, texts and poets; (ii) in spite of being a part of that vast poetical whole, whose identity grew stronger by means of an intensive cultural exchange, favoured, according to the capricious rhythms of History and sometimes quite paradoxically, by alliances and confrontations, embassies and exiles, elective affinities and undisguised emulation, Portuguese poetry of that period has remained an almost unexplored domain, waiting for a systematic and consistent analysis. Aware of this gap, the team members intend to fill it, by producing, through a comprehensive study of literary, linguistic and historical data, the tools necessary to a new approach of Garcia de Resende’s Cancioneiro Geral (1516), and thus contributing to the full integration of this work into the map of 15th-century Iberian songbook poetry.


  1. To create a new and multifaceted frame of reference to the study of a poetry deeply based on the Iberian tradition of Castilian matrix, always in intense dialogue with it, but interpreting it often in an original way and sometimes moving apart, which means:
  • to establish a typology of poetic genres and a rigorous classification of every text in the songbook;
  • to register every reference to the Cancioneiro Geral poets both in manuscript and printed sources from the 15th and 16th centuries and in recent studies on the history of that period, in order to get information about their lives and family connexions, their functions at court and abroad, and the cultural and political circles they belonged to;
  • to register every reference to the Cancioneiro Geral and its poets in printed literary and historiographical sources from the 16th to the 19th centuries, in order to get information about the reception of 15th-century poetry and the knowledge of its authors;
  • to characterize the songbook language as a testimony of the specificities of Portuguese in the second half of the 15th century, with identification of generational traits and individual particularities, and to advance new hypothesis on the origin and meaning of a number of unknown word which occur in the book.
  1. To produce a set of digital publications, informed by all the work previously described, to be delivered by the end of 2019:
  • Bibliographical database;
  • Dicionário do Cancioneiro Geral: Poetas e Arte Poética;
  • Resende, Garcia de, Cancioneiro Geral.


Cristina Almeida Ribeiro
Ana María S. Tarrío
Esperança Cardeira
Graciete Gomes da Silva
Isabel Almeida
João Amaral Frazão
Maria Helena Marques Antunes
Sara Rodrigues de Sousa


  • 2017. [Lisboa, 21.07; with the project “Nobles, Oficiales y Cortesanos en el entorno del Cancionero de Baena” (UVigo)] Seminário aberto Esses Poetas a que Chamam Menores…
  • 2016. [Évora, 06-08.10; with CIDEHUS (UÉvora), CITCEM (UPorto) e CLP (UCoimbra)] Congresso Internacional Poesia de Cancioneiro e Cultura de Corte: Nos 500 Anos do Cancioneiro Geral.
  • 2014. [Lisboa, 6-7.03] X Colóquio da Secção Portuguesa da AHLM: Memória. Homenagem a Teresa Amado.
  • 2012. [Lisboa, 3-5.12] III Congreso Internacional de la Asociación CONVIVIO para el Estudio de los Cancioneros y de la Poesía de Cancionero.


  • 2017. Antunes, Maria Helena Marques. “La pregunta/respuesta filosófica y moral en la poesía cancioneril portuguesa”. Svmma [en línea], 3, Primavera, 24-38. DOI: 10.1344/Svmma2014.3.3.
  • 2016. Antunes, Maria Helena Marques. “Compositio y argumentación en la poesía de Rui Moniz”. Revista de Cancioneros Impresos y Manuscritos, 5, 1-29.
  • 2014. Ribeiro, Cristina Almeida. “¿O que foi e nom é, tanto é como nom seer? Consideraciones en torno al rol de la memoria en el Cancioneiro Geral“. In Virginie Dumanoir (ed.). De lagrymas fasiendo tinta… Memoria, identidades y territorios cancioneriles. Madrid: Casa de Velázquez, 93-101.
  • 2014. Ribeiro, Cristina Almeida. “Pervivencia y variación de un texto del Cancioneiro Geral: las coplas heráldicas de João Rodrigues de Sá en doce manuscritos de los siglos XVII y XVIII”. In Josep Lluis Martos (ed.). La poesía en la imprenta antigua. Alicante: Universidad de Alicante, 173-193.
  • 2014. Sousa, Sara Rodrigues de. “Derivaciones manuscritas del Cancioneiro Geral, de Garcia de Resende: el manuscrito CXIV/1-41 de la Biblioteca Pública de Évora”. In Josep Lluís Martos (ed.). La poesía en la imprenta antigua. Alicante: Universidad de Alicante, 193-210.
  • 2014. Tarrío, Ana María S. “Atalante y Atlas: deseo, invención y enigma en una pregunta satírica del Cancioneiro Geral de Garcia de Resende”. Revista de Cancioneros Impresos y Manuscritos, 3, 157-180.
  • 2013. Cardeira, Esperança. “Do Português Médio ao Clássico: o Cancioneiro Geral de Garcia de Resende”. In Emili Casanova Herrero y Cesareo Carvo Rigual (eds.). Actas del XXVI Congreso Internacional de Lingüística y de Filología Románicas (Valencia, 2010), vol. I. Berlin-Boston: De Gruyter Mouton, 543-554.
  • 2012. Ribeiro, Cristina Almeida & Sara Rodrigues de Sousa. “Uma edição, dois estados e algumas questões por resolver: o ‘Inferno dos Namorados’ de Duarte de Brito no Cancioneiro Geral”. eHumanista, 22, pp.112-154. More info.
  • 2012. Ribeiro, Cristina Almeida & Sara Rodrigues de Sousa (eds.). Cancioneiro Geral de Garcia de Resende: Um Livro à Luz da História. Vila Nova de Famalicão: Húmus.
This work is financed by national funds through the FCT - Foundation for Science and Technology, I.P., within the scope of the project UIDB/00509/2020 and UIDP/00509/2020.