Ecos clássicos na recriação literária da identidade: o projecto Fradique Mendes

Translated title of the contribution: Classic echoes in the literary re-creation of identity: the Fradique Mendes project

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Accordingly to the framework of modern literary research and within Queirosian fiction Fradique Mendes holds a very peculiar status, tangentially approaching the complex phenomenon of heteronomy. Passing through different phases alonghis literary gestation, the figure will eventually rise to the amazement of the readersas a confusing exercise of literary re-creation of identity, where doctrinal purposesand unconscious motivations ambiguously intersect. This transfiguring reworking ofan artistic ideally planned otherness seems very revealing, as the haunting presenceof echoes of Greek and Latin classical culture, both as mere allusions to mythical-literary entities, and as more structured historical references, or even personalities of culture and of the arts. Taking as criteria the many classical references explained in ACorrespondência de Fradique Mendes,both in memorial accounts of the biographer andepistolary exercises of Carlos Fradique Mendes as a fictional character, we propose toclarify the relative importance of some models from Classic Antiquity in forming anexemplary model of personality.
Translated title of the contributionClassic echoes in the literary re-creation of identity: the Fradique Mendes project
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationHistória antiga
Subtitle of host publicationrelações interdisciplinares: fontes, artes, filosofia, política, religião e receção
EditorsCarmen Soares, José Luís Brandão, Pedro C. Carvalho
Place of PublicationCoimbra
PublisherImprensa da Universidade de Coimbra
ISBN (Print)9789892615646
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameSérie Humanitas Supplementum: Estudos Monográficos
PublisherImprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, Annablume


  • Eça de Queirós
  • Fradique Mendes
  • Classic Antiquity
  • Heteronimy


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