Thought and Image in Goncalo M. Tavares: A Contemporary Writing


The paper takes part of a project on Representation and Image, within the line of current research Literature, Theory and Literary Criticism. My goal is to investigate the image as the smallest unit of literary art, a special form of thinking. My question oscillates between pairs Text/Image, Real/Unreal, Poetry/Prose toward something I call the Body/Meaning in Literature. The concept of contemporary writing for me is something that is in front of us and challenges our understanding: we are stunned in front of the time and we ask for answers. The writer portuguese-angolan Gonçalo M. Tavares falls within this framework. Hence the choice of the book Mr Valery (2002) of which I selected a little tale or chapter, in which the proper representation of the real is placed under suspicion, the principle under the comical manner, which it puts in check our science or reason top (in truth, belief or habit). It`s the Power of contemporary writing.

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Maria Lucia Wiltshire de Oliveira, Federal Fluminense University, Brazil

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Conference: ACAH2015
Stream: Humanities - Literature/Literary Studies*

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