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Ana Matoso is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Human Sciences of Universidade Católica Portuguesa, where she teaches Literary Translation, Great Books, Intercultural Communication and Portuguese as a Foreign Language. She holds a M.A. in Theory of Literature (2005) and a PhD (2012), from the University of Lisbon, with a dissertation on Tolstoy and Wittgenstein. She is a member of the University's Research Centre for Communication and Culture (CECC), where she integrates the research group Literature and the Global Contemporary (LaGC) and the project Culture-Arts-Religion (CAR). She is also a research scholar at Northwestern University Research Initiative for the Study of Russian Philosophy and Religious Thought (NU RPRT Research Initiative). Her fields of interest focus on literature, philosophy, religion, translation, and the intersection between them. She has published essays on Tolstoy's later literary and philosophical output, on Nadejda Mandelstam's memoirs and on Portuguese contemporary poetry. Before becoming a full-time scholar, she worked in an independent publishing house, and did translations of George Steiner's late essays, Eudora Welty's literary memoirs and Rachel Cusk's novels. She has also collaborated, as a literary and dramaturg assistant, with Portuguese contemporary performative arts creators. She is currently revising two articles on how certain poems can teach us things about the nature of language and on how literary works such as Hadji Murat might teach us how (not) to live. In 2024, she intends to publish a monograph on Tolstoy.

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PhD

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