A literatura como exercício espiritual em José Tolentino Mendonça

Translated title of the contribution: The literature as a spiritual exercise in José Tolentino Mendonça

Márcio Capelli*, Alex Villas Boas

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The article intends to present a hermeneutics of literature in José Tolentino Mendonça based on the notion of spiritual exercises. It is not a matter of sim-ply stating that the Portuguese poet is part of a religious tradition, but rather of understanding how, in his poetic work and in his understanding of literatu-re, the author reflects and refracts elements of Christian spirituality. To achieve this objective, the article’s argumentative path goes, at first, from a description of the tradition of spiritual exercises and their incorporation by José Tolentino Mendonça to a highlight of the speeches made at the spiritual retreat of the Pope and the Roman Curia, in 2018, occasion when Tolentino was the preacher.
Translated title of the contributionThe literature as a spiritual exercise in José Tolentino Mendonça
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)96-117
Number of pages22
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 27 Dec 2023


  • José Tolentino Mendonça
  • Literature
  • Spiritual exercises


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