Entre o silêncio e a figuração da palavra em Lídia Jorge
: sacrifício, liberdade e construção da memória

  • Maria da Conceição da Silva Brandão (Student)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


In contemporary Portuguese literature, Lydia Jorge affirms a trajectory whose luminous ballast carries a unique ability to simultaneously dialogue with the immensity of the cosmos and with the singular space of man, confirming a purpose of an unending demand in the search for words that have proved skillful in translating the world. We believe that this obsessive quest calls upon the portraying of human suffering, injustice, invisibility, sacrifice and hope (the one that always creates a redemptive breakthrough in her writings) as touchstones that we understand to be crucial for the interpretation of Jorge’s world vision. This text will demonstrate that sacrifice, freedom, and memory appear to be the dominant guidelines in this literary work. Nevertheless, these guidelines lack agglutination in their critical reception, since we trust its conceptual intertwining as being the carrier of a discussion that will foster the development of broader meanings. Because of her immense capacity for argumentative creation, Lídia Jorge will always be a writer who shares a discourse that struggles against the deviations of society, despite the risks involved in this tenure. There was perhaps a time when “myths visited us”. Invocation, which revolves everything in the revelation of hidden meanings, simultaneously becomes a spot of transfiguration of the real in which the narrator's hand turns into a “Missing Beatrice” in search for the unveiling of her soul. The path we are hereby proposing starts with the two novels that we consider as milestones of the beginning and end of a cycle of hope in the literary universe of Lídia Jorge: O Dia dos Prodígios (1980) [The Day of Wonders] and Os Memoráveis (2014a) [The Memorable]. The analysis of other writings will follow, namely, O Jardim Sem Limites (1995) [The Garden Without Limits], O Vale da Paixão (1998) [The Valley of the Passion] and O Vento Assobiando nas Gruas (2002) [The Wind Whistling through the Cranes]. The voice of their characters as well as the explanation about their inner world and the poetic dimension of language shall be hereto emphasized. Along this path we shall stress our understanding of the essential clusters in her writings, i.e., the corporeal and silent dimension of the word as a means of addressing the Other and the world as well as the tragic condition of human existence as evidenced within sacrifice, understood as the necessary catharsis for surviving the daily human misunderstandings. “Entre o silêncio e a fulguração da palavra” – (Between the silence and the fulguration of the word), establishes that this is not only the constitutive basis of Lídia Jorge's texts: it also points out the utmost statement of a lifetime literary work.
Date of Award28 Jun 2021
Original languagePortuguese
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorJosé Cândido de Oliveira Martins (Supervisor)


  • Word
  • Poetization
  • Sacrifice
  • Freedom
  • Memory
  • Romance


  • Doutoramento em Literatura Portuguesa

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