Program in Literary Theory

News and Upcoming Events


Spring session starts on February 7th, always on Tuesdays, at 6:30 pm, in our usual room.  Poster is here.  Podcasts of past sessions are available here.


7 Daniel Perez on Félix Martínez
14 Pedro Franco on imagination and sympathy
28 Tomás N. Castro on menu analysis
7 Helena Craveiro on gardens
14 Madalena Quintela on João Guimarães Rosa
21 Tiago Clariano on Bo Burnham
28 João Bray sobre new poetry
11 João Dionísio on music fear
18 Teresa Líbano Monteiro on Sophia and Feminism 
2 Chiara Nifosi on war and landscape
9 Susana Cadilha on Iris Murdoch and Cora Diamond

Our latest issue (# 24, Punk, Maria Pacheco de Amorim ed.) is here.  FdV reviews are here.
FdV is being indexed: PDF and Epub versions of the first ten issues can now be freely downloaded here.
READING GROUP, The Phenomenology of Mind
Through March 3rd, Mon and Fri 3:00-5:00pm, our seminar room.  Enrol here.
Joana Meirim (PhD '14) has won the 2022 Imprensa Nacional/Vasco Graça Moura Essay Prize.   The winning text (Uma Carta à Posteridade - Jorge de Sena e Alexandre O’Neill [A Letter to Posterity - Jorge de Sena and Alexandre O’Neill]) was based on her Program dissertation.   Joana is the third Program alumnus to have won this prize, after Frederico Pedreira and Teresa Bairos.
Our new series of Forma de Vida interviews, by Tomás Vicente Ferreira, here
In English.



Poetry, criticism, interviews and much more, under the care of Ana Maria Pereirinha, Joana Meirim, Madalena Alfaia, Maria Sequeira Mendes and Sara Carvalho. It's all here.  


Courses 2022/23

MA students should enroll using the first course number; PhD students should use the second.
Classes meet in room C244.C  except for Research Seminar II, which will meet in room C138.B.



TEO4.911535/ TEO7.920259 Introduction to the Advanced Study of Literature

TEO5.921716/ TEO8.921717 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Autumn, Thu, 9:30-12:30, João R. Figueiredo)

Fact, Fiction and Interpretation

What counts as a fact in art and literary studies? What means do critics and historians employ to “establish the facts”?  Do facts determine interpretations or do interpretations establish the facts? Are facts discovered or construed? Are there any “more robust” facts?   The seminar will attempt to answer these questions, and questions issuing therefrom, through discussions of texts by Leo Steinberg, Michael Fried, António José Saraiva, Stanley Cavell, Michael Baxandall, Stanley Fish, and Steven Knapp, among others.


TEO5.921704/ TEO8.921710 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Autumn, Mon, 9:30-12:30, Miguel Tamen)

Obiter dicta

An obiter dictum is a statement of low epistemic value.  Such statements may however be important in characterizing actions, events and persons. The seminar will address descriptions of persons, both existent and nonexistent, after statements of incidental value attributed to them by others.   Among others we will consider fragments and paraphrases in Diogenes Laertius, the Gospel of Thomas, Luther and Coleridge’s table-talk, extracts from the Life of Samuel Johnson, by James Boswell and of Eckermann’s conversations with Goethe, Sartor Resartus, by Thomas Carlyle, and “Notes for the Memory of My Master Caeiro", by Fernando Pessoa.


TEO5.921705/ TEO8.921711 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Autumn, Wed, 9:30-12:30, Alberto Arruda)

A Reading of the Phenomenology of Spirit, Part II

The seminar consists in a reading of the second part of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit: Spirit.  The sessions will follow the sequence of the argument we find in the Phenomenology and shall be divided thematically. The order of the argument will run the following course: Morals and History, Art and Religion. The progression of Hegel’s argument will be read as a radical qualification of the final notion of absolute knowledge.  Other texts and authors will be considered, but only when these clarify any given aspect of the main argument. The authors will include the following: Hyppolite on history, Honneth on morals and law, Pippin on art and Taylor on religion.  This seminar will be accessible to those who have not attended the first part. The first two sessions will be dedicated to the argument of the first part of the book. It is not necessary to know any German, nor is it necessary to have read any Hegel at all.


TEO5.921708/ TEO8.921712 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Autumn, Tue, 2:00/5:00, Nuno Amado)

Alberto Caeiro

The seminar consists in a close and thorough reading of Alberto Caeiro’s work. If we regard heteronimity as the nervous center of Pessoa’s poetic project, to study the master of all heteronyms is also to study that project in depth, to understand how it was conceived and how it was updated throughout Pessoa’s career, and to which literary and philosophical traditions it responds. Such a reading thus asks for the reading of other parts of Fernando Pessoa’s work, with which Caeiro’s work establishes different kinds of relations (other poems, either by the orthonymous Pessoa or by other heteronyms; notes, comments and prefaces to Caeiro’s work; other texts, correspondence, publishing plans, etc.), as well as the reading of other authors crucial to Caeiro’s creation.  


TEO5.921709/ TEO8.921715 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Spring, Wed, 9:30-12:30, Maria Sequeira Mendes)

The Art of Reviewing

“Some of my very best work went into that book and they’re treating it like a Mills and Boon potboiler, it just doesn’t make sense. I don’t expect them to give me the Nobel Prize, for Christ’s sake – I do know my own limitations, only too well, alas! – but isn’t it rather peculiar that not one of them so far has spotted the perfectly obvious point that the whole thing is meant to be an allegory of Good and Evil?”, the novelist says in one of Francis Wyndham’s short-stories.  This seminar focuses on the art of reviewing films, books, tv and theatre. We will read articles from Andrew O’Hehir (, David Orr (NYT), Emily Nussbaum (New Yorker), Michael Billington (The Guardian), Patricia Lockwood (LRB), among others in order to try to ask a series of questions: what do we appreciate in a review?; are we able to describe the critic’s strategies?; do we enjoy reviews of shows we haven’t seen or books we haven’t read?


TEO5.921707/ TEO8.921713 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Spring, Thu, 9:30-12:30, José Maria Vieira Mendes)

Staying With the Trouble

In one of her latest books, Staying With the Trouble. Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Donna Haraway writes: “staying with the trouble requires learning to be truly present, not as vanishing pivot between (…) apocalyptic or salvific futures, but as mortal critters entwined in myriad unfinished configurations of places, times, matters, meanings.” In this seminar we will read some texts by this biologist, philosopher and feminist, establishing a literary relation with her writing and thought, after her idiosyncratic vocabulary and metaphors. With this approach we will also seek echoes of her thought in texts by Octavia E. Butler, P.B. Preciado, Franz Kafka or Legacy Russell, learning with Haraway to stay with the trouble.


TEO5.921798/ TEO8.921714 Topics in Literary Theory (12 ECTS, Spring, intensive seminar on weekdays, April 17-28, time tba, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht)

Mystical Women

The class will be dedicated to a truly open question based on a rather empirical observation, that is the observation that in the Christian (but to a certain degree also in the Judaic and in the Islamic) tradition, mysticism, as a form of religious experience and behavior, is predominantly (although never exclusively) associated with women. To approach a possible explanation of this situation, we will dedicate intense reading and  joint interpretative work to the writings of two outstanding female mystics from the 16th and the 20th century, i.e. to texts by Teresa de Avila and by Simone Weil. Beside an introduction into the theological basis of Christian mysticism and of Sufism and Kabbalah as its Islamic and Judaic equivalents, the course will be open for presentations of relevant  texts and authors proposed for the discussion by participants.


TEO6.920301/ TEO9.913606 Research Seminar I (12/30 ECTS, Autumn, Fri, 9:30-12:30, João R. Figueiredo)

Thesis Projects

The seminar is structured around the discussion of oral expositions by the participants. These expositions will deal, in a preliminary way, with the topics on which they intend to write in their dissertations. A likely effect of these discussions is the modification of the original topics. The final aim of the seminar is the production, by the participants, of a detailed written outline of their future dissertations.


TEO6.920303/ TEO9.913607 Research Seminar II (6 ECTS, Spring, date and program tba, Maria Sequeira Mendes) 

Thesis Colloquia: The Theses of Theory

In this seminar, the participants, otherwise engaged in the writing of their theses, present their current research in a series of public lectures.


Dissertations Online

The list below shows all degrees granted by the Program in Literary Theory.  Unless otherwise stated, all online dissertations © by the authors.

Year of Completion

ABECASIS, Rodrigo. MA. 2013. Eis pérolas que os seus olhos foram: Uma leitura de The Waste Land [Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes: A Reading of The Waste Land]. António M. Feijó.

ALMEIDA, Ana. MA. 2006. Amadores [Amateurs]. Miguel Tamen.

ALMEIDA, Ana. PhD. 2012. Inseparabilidade [Inseparability]. Miguel Tamen.

ALMEIDA, João Luís. MA. 2018. Uma teoria tropológica da linguagem [A Tropological Theory of Language]. Elisabete M. Sousa.

ALMEIDA, Jorge. MA. 2012. Il libro del corteggiano de Baldesar Castiglione Il libro del corteggiano, by Baldesar Castiglione] João R. Figueiredo.

ALMEIDA, Miguel. MA. 2012. A impossibilidade em Mário de Sá-Carneiro [Impossibility in Mário de Sá-Carneiro]. Mariana Gray de Castro.

ALVES, Maria. MA. 2015. Acaso moral e tentativa jurídico-penal [Moral Luck and the Legal Concept of Attempt]. Ana Almeida.

AMADO, Nuno. MA. 2008. Kafka: uma habilidade necessária [Kafka: Necessary Tricks] Fernanda Gil Costa.

AMADO, Nuno. PhD. 2016. Ricardo Reis (1887-1936) António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen

AMORIM, Maria Pacheco de. MA. 2006. O que seria um Winston Smith feliz? Uma unidade possível para a obra de George Orwell. [What Would a Happy Winston Smith Be Like? The Possible Unity of George Orwell's Work]. António M. Feijó.

AMORIM, Maria Pacheco de. PhD. 2011. Aprender com pessoas [Learning With Persons]. António M. Feijó.

ANTUNES, David. MA. 1996. Como escrever acções. [How to Write Down Actions]. Miguel Tamen.

ANTUNES, David. PhD. 2003. A magnanimidade da teoria. Interpretar a ética em teoria da literatura [The Magnanimity of Theory. Interpreting Ethics in Literary Theory]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen

ARRIGONI, Carlo. MA. 2013. As novas ideias de Eça de Queiroz [Eça de Queiroz's New Ideas]. João R. Figueiredo.

ARRUDA, Alberto. MA. 2009. As Regras da Estética. [Rules in Aesthetics]. Miguel Tamen.

ARRUDA, Alberto. PhD. 2016. The Absence of Indifference. Miguel Tamen.

BAIROS, Teresa Aica. PhD. 2019. "Grande revolução mundial".  Uma tradução de Sartor Resartus de Thomas Carlyle ["Great World-Revolution".  A Translation of Sartor Resartus, by Thomas Carlyle].  Miguel Tamen

BARTOLOMEI, Teresa. PhD. 2016. Figura huius mundi. Figuras líricas da temporalidade na poesia de Emily Dickinson [Lyrical Figures of Temporality in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson]. António M. Feijó.

BATISTA, Pedro. MA. 2003. Alguns testemunhos "literários" de alguns acontecimentos "históricos": Robert Graves, Jean-Paul Sartre, Fernando Assis Pacheco. [Some "Literary" Witnesses of Some "Historical" Events: Robert Graves, Jean-Paul Sartre, Fernando Assis Pacheco]. Manuel Gusmão.

BERJANO, Maria Manuel. MA. 2006. Arte como natureza. Um estudo sobre Nietzsche e Oscar Wilde. [Art as Nature. A Study on Nietzsche and Oscar Wilde]. Miguel Tamen.

BORGES, Luís. MA. 2022. Marcel Proust. Arte e ressurreição [Marcel Proust. Art and Resurrection]. João R. Figueiredo.

BORGES, Marana. MA. 2013. Sobre o conceito de rascunho [On the Concept of Sketch]. João R. Figueiredo.

BRAGANÇA, João. MA. 2015. Quando o fado é confissão.  "E na minha confissão / vão as rimas do meu fado" [Fado as Confession]. Miguel Tamen.

BRAY, João. MA. 2018. Ruy Belo: a alegria em preparação [Joy, forthcoming].  António M. Feijó.

BRITO, Humberto. PhD. 2007. Pessoas como nós. Uma discussão da Poética de Aristóteles [People Like Us. A Discussion of Aristotle's Poetics] António M. Feijó + A. Barros Baptista.

CABRAL, Luísa Costa. MA. 2009. Lembranças imprevistas [Sudden Memories]. Miguel Tamen.

CABRAL, Patrícia. PhD. 2006. Proust, do lado de Sainte-Beuve [Proust, Sainte-Beuve's Way]. Miguel Tamen.

CAETANO, Alexandra. MA. 1999. Nomes, figuras e realismo em Charles Baudelaire. [Names, Figures, and Realism in Charles Baudelaire] António M. Feijó

CAETANO, Alexandra, PhD. 2011. Gestos fundadores. Uma leitura de Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea [Foundational Gestures. A Reading of Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea] António M. Feijó

CALHEIROS E MENEZES, Gonçalo. MA. 2001. Formas dualistas de descrever arte e outras soluções. [Dualism in Art Description and Other Solutions]. Miguel Tamen.

CALHEIROS E MENEZES, Mónica. MA. 2003. Filosofia e literatura: de alguns usos pragmáticos da literatura. [Philosophy and Literature: On Some Pragmatic Uses of Literature]. António M. Feijó.

CAMPOS, Maria José Segurado e. MA. 1996. O corcundinha, o anão e o anjo. Modernidade e contemporaneidade em Walter Benjamin. [The Hunchback, the Dwarf, and the Angel. Modernity and Contemporariness in Walter Benjamin]. Miguel Tamen.

CANDEIAS, Francisco. MA. 2021. Art for Morals' Sake, or The Other Way Around.  Moral Concerns in Oscar Wilde's Aestheticism.  Miguel Tamen.

CARLOS, António. MA. 2001. Mapa das Conversas em Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, de Lewis Carroll . . . [Charting Conversation in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland] António M. Feijó.

CARLOS, António. PhD. 2008. Realidade à vista. Caracterização da arte fotográfica perceptiva [Reality Ho! Characterizing Perceptual Photography]. António M. Feijó.

CARNEIRO, Helena. MA. 2015. Descrições de escritores [Descriptions of Writers]. António M. Feijó

CARVALHO, Henrique. MA. 1999. Crítica, mimese e narrativa histórica: a situação pós-desconstruccionista. [Criticism, Mimesis and Historical Narrative: the Post-Deconstruction Context] António M. Feijó.

CARVALHO, Henrique. PhD. 2006. Voz, texto e razão humana [Voice, Text, and Human Reason]. António M. Feijó.

CARVALHO, Luís Filipe. MA. 2003. Rebeldia e sensualidade no Suplemento Cultural [Rebellion and Sensuality in the Suplemento Cultural]. Alberto Carvalho.

CASTRO, Tomás N. MA. 2017. Curadoria como interpretação e interpretação sem curadoria.  Um ensaio sobre arte [Curatorship as Interpretation and Interpretation without Curatorship.  An Essay on Art.]  Miguel Tamen.

CASTRO, Tomás N. PhD. 2023.  Composite Works of Art: Philosophy of Art after Plato and Aristotle.  Miguel Tamen + João R. Figueiredo.

CERQUEIRA, Sebastião Belfort. MA. 2012. You Said It Wasn't Art: o rap enquanto género musical [Rap as Musical Genre]. João R. Figueiredo.

CERQUEIRA, Sebastião Belfort. PhD. 2018. 'Galhofa, música e pernas'.  O musical como outra arte qualquer ['Laughter, Music and Legs'.  The Musical Like Any Other Art]. João R. Figueiredo.

CLARIANO, Tiago. MA. 2018.Clepsydra libertada [Clepsydra Unbound]. João R. Figueiredo.

CORREIA, Fátima. MA. 1997. Histoire de ma vie de George Sand: o discurso da justificação ou a retórica da sedução. [George Sand's Histoire de ma vie: the Discourse of Justification or the Rhetoric of Seduction]. Fernanda Gil Costa + Maria de Lourdes Ferraz.

COSTA, Cristina. MA. 2007. Hume e Quantz sobre a avaliação da arte [Hume and Quantz on Evaluating Art]. António M. Feijó.

COUTO, Ana Sofia. MA. 2006. Política e poesia: as respostas de Aristóteles. [Politics and Poetry: Aristotle's Responses]. Miguel Tamen.

COUTO, Ana Sofia. PhD. 2011. Eliminar a metafísica – Filosofia e Poesia. [Eliminating Metaphysics – Philosophy and Poetry]. Miguel Tamen.

CUNHA, Mónica. MA. 2004. Sucessos na literatura. Regras, receitas e surpresas na literatura portuguesa contemporânea [Success in Literature. Rules, Recipes, and Surprises in Contemporary Portuguese Literature]. Frederico Lourenço.

DE ROO, Jean Pierre, PhD. 2013. Imaginer l'anthropologie. Sens et non-sens dans l'interprétation de l' alien [Imagining Anthropology. Sense and Nonsense in Interpreting the Alien]. Miguel Tamen.

DIAS, James. MA. 2022. Com pés e cabeça: interrupção e interpretação nas séries musicais de Dennis Potter [With Rhyme and Reason: Interruption and Interpretation in Dennis Potter’s Musical Series]. Miguel Tamen.

EATON, Duffy Jon. MA. 2006. Taking the Reader for a Ride: The Author as Con Artist Exemplified in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. António M. Feijó.

ECKERSON, Sara. MA. 2009. Phantasms in Music. Miguel Tamen.

ECKERSON, Sara. PhD. 2016. Beethoven's Dolce:  Interpretation, Performance, and Description -- The Case of Music.  Miguel Tamen.

ESTEVES, Henrique. MA. 2005. Chicotes com gatilho, peixes-frades e censura literária no Estado Novo [Whips with Triggers, Monkfish and Literary Censorship under the Estado Novo]. António M. Feijó.

ESTRADA, Rui. MA. 1995. A leitura da teoria. [Reading Theory]. Miguel Tamen.

ESTRADA, Rui. PhD. 2001. O "céu aberto do senso comum": um mapa de conflitos entre estética e retórica. [The "Open Skies of Common Sense": a Map of Conflicts between Aesthetics and Rhetoric] Miguel Tamen.

FERNANDES, Ângela. MA. 2000. Os efeitos da literatura. Algumas questões de arte e de moral. [The Effects of Literature. Some Questions of Art and Morals]. Maria de Lourdes Ferraz.

FERNANDES, Ângela. PhD. 2009. Literatura e Humanidade. [Literature and Humanness]. Maria de Lourdes Ferraz + Miguel Tamen.

FERRÃO DA COSTA, Pedro. MA. 2016. Anscombe under a Description. Miguel Tamen.

FERRARIA, Ana Margarida. MA. 2011. As épicas breves de Keats e Pessoa [The Short Epic of Keats and Pessoa]. António M. Feijó.

FERRARIA, Ana Margarida. PhD. 2016.  A confessionalidade francesa e Bernardo Soares [French Confessionalism and Bernardo Soares].  António M. Feijó.

FERREIRA, Miguel. MA. 2004. O retrato de Adónis. [The Portrait of Adonis]. Fernanda Gil Costa.

FERREIRA, Pedro Tiago. MA. 2012. Contra as teorias da interpretação no Direito e na Literatura [Against Theories of Interpretation in Law and Literature]. Miguel Tamen.

FERREIRA, Pedro Tiago. PhD. 2017. Curadoria e revogação. O Caso Pessoa [Guardianship and Revocation.  The Pessoa Affair]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen.

FIGUEIREDO, João R. MA. 2000. A autocomplacência da mimese. Uma defesa da poesia, Os Lusíadas e Vida de D.Frei Bartolomeu dos Mártires. [The Self-Complacency of Mimesis. A Defense of Poetry, Os Lusíadas and Vida de D.Frei Bartolomeu dos Mártires]. António M. Feijó.

FIGUEIREDO, João R. PhD. 2006. Artes conceptuais. Camões e Rubens. [Conceptual Arts. Camões and Rubens]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen.

FIRMINO, Cristina. PhD. 2003. Valor inspiracional e interpretação. [Inspirational Value and Interpretation]. Miguel Tamen.

FISCHER, Claudia. PhD. 2007. Schiller e Kleist, a propósito de graça [Schiller and Kleist on Grace]. Fernanda Gil Costa + Miguel Tamen.

FONSECA, Tiago. MA. 2022. Saramago: Expectativas frustradas [Saramago: Broken Expectations].  António M. Feijó.

FRANCO, Pedro. MA. 2018. Da auto-redefinição à conversão [From Self-Redefinition to Conversion]. Miguel Tamen.

FURTADO, Maria Rita. MA. 2011. Uma discussão acerca do conceito de crença [A Discussion of the Concept of Belief]. Miguel Tamen.

FURTADO, Maria Rita. PhD. 2022. James and Joyce.  Miguel Tamen

GONÇALVES, Teresa. MA. 2004. Linguagem comum: um ensaio sobre clichés [Common Language. An Essay on Clichés]. Miguel Tamen.

GONÇALVES, Teresa. PhD. 2012. Fakes in Art. Miguel Tamen

GRAÇA, Virgínia. PhD. 2003. A decisão contra o silêncio. Génese e transmissão de testemunhos [The Decision Against Silence. Genesis and Transmission of Testimonies]. Miguel Tamen.

GRILLO, Manuel Monteiro. MA. 2010. The Philosopher and the Pot: Two Models of Authority. António M. Feijó.

HENRIQUES, Henrique. MA. 2003. O melhor dos mundos. Observações sobre interpretação [The Best of All Worlds. Remarks on Interpretation]. Miguel Tamen.

HENRIQUES, Raimundo. PhD. 2022. Ornament and Nonsense.  Wittgenstein's Architecture and Wittgenstein's Early Philosophy.  Miguel Tamen.

JANIC, Susana. MA. 2012. Quod Libet ou Prefácios de Nicolaus Notabene [Quod Libet Or, Prefaces by Nicolaus Notabene]. J. Miranda Justo

JESUS, Carlos de. MA. 2000. Uma retórica da superação: o Contributo alla critica di me stesso de Benedetto Croce. [A Rhetoric of Sublation: Benedetto Croce's Contributo alla critica di me stesso]. António M. Feijó.

JONAS, Daniel. MA. 2006. Uma tradução anotada de Paradise Lost [An Annotated Translation of Paradise Lost]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen.

KAMPSCHROER, Philipp. MA. 2018. Portugal: convites literários [Portugal: Literary Invitations]. Miguel Tamen.

LEITE, Ana Pinto. MA. 2013. O histórico e o eterno: do salafismo a Kierkegaard [Historical and Eternal: from Salafism to Kierkegaard]. José Miranda Justo + Hermenegildo Fernandes

LOPES, Paula. MA. 2003. Sobre circuitos de leitura. [On Circuits of Reading]. António M. Feijó.

LOPES, Rui. MA. 2002. O cúmulo da estupidez. Um ensaio sobre interpretação [Utter Stupidity. An Essay on Interpretation]. Miguel Tamen.

MADEIRA, Pedro. MA. 2012. A culpa é dos narradores: os contos "fantásticos" de Edgar Allan Poe [Blame It On the Narrator: The "Fantastic" Tales of Edgar Allan Poe.] João R. Figueiredo.

MADEIRA, Pedro. PhD. 2021. Three Chapters in the History of Femicide. João R. Figueiredo + António M. Feijó.

MÂNCIO PEREIRA, André. MA. 2022. Les Confessions de Rousseau e a expressão da sinceridade [Rousseau's Confessions and the Expression of Sincerity].  João R. Figueiredo.

MARCOS, Vanessa. MA. 2013. Autoria online [Online Authorship]. Miguel Tamen.

MARQUES, André. MA.  2022. O fim dos actores: considerações sobre o meio [The End of Acting: Remarks on the Means].  João R. Figueiredo. 

MASCARENHAS, Erica. MA. 2022. O aborrecimento na ficção sobrenatural de Vernon Lee [Boredom in Vernon Lee's Supernatural Fiction].  Maria Sequeira Mendes.

MATOSO, Ana. MA. 2005. Os Evangelhos segundo Leão Tolstoi. A arte como verdade [The Gospel According to Leo Tolstoi. Art as Truth]. Miguel Tamen.

MATOSO, Ana. PhD. 2012. Tolstoi com Wittgenstein. Moral e arte [Tolstoi with Wittgenstein. Morals and Art]. Miguel Tamen.

MEIRIM, Joana. PhD. 2014. Literatura e posteridade. Jorge de Sena e Alexandre O'Neill [Literature and Posthumous Reputation. Jorge de Sena and Alexandre O'Neill]. Miguel Tamen

MENDES, José Maria Vieira. PhD. 2016. Fechar fronteiras.  Teatro e literatura [Closing Borders.  Theatre and Literature].  João R. Figueiredo.

MENDES, Maria Sequeira. MA. 2004. Descrições minoritárias [Minority Descriptions]. António M. Feijó.

MENDES, Maria Sequeira. PhD. 2012. Mousetrapping. The Ordeals of Interpretation. António M. Feijó.

MENDES, Victor. PhD. 1998. Crise na representação. Tópicos de leitura das Viagens na minha terra. [Crisis in Representation. Reading in Viagens na minha terra]. Miguel Tamen.

MIRANDA, Helena A. MA. 2012. Jeff Wall: fotografias à escala humana. [Jeff Wall: Photography on a Human Scale]. João R. Figueiredo.

MONTE, Nuno. MA. 2002. Uma aproximação ao pai [Getting Close to the Father]. António M. Feijó.

MONTEIRO], Joana Cordovil Cardoso [Corrêa. MA. 2009. Descrição, perfeição e literatura [Description, Perfection, and Literature]. António M. Feijó.

MONTEIRO, Joana Corrêa. PhD. 2016.  Filosofia, literatura e vida.  Um exame crítico das relações entre ética e estudos literários [Philosophy, Literature, and Life.  A Critical Examination of the relationship between Ethics and Literary Studies]. Ângela Fernandes.

MORAIS, Inês. MA. 2001. Réplica e ficção. Transformações em arte [Replica and Fiction. Transformations in Art]. Maria de Lourdes Ferraz.

MORAIS, Inês. PhD. 2009. Aesthetic Realism. Maria de Lourdes Ferraz + Miguel Tamen.

MORAIS, Raquel. MA. 2016. A unidade de todas as coisas.  Uma leitura de alguns textos de Samuel Beckett [The Unity of All Things.  A Reading of Some Texts by Samuel Beckett].  António M. Feijó.

MOURÃO, Henrique. MA. 2012. The Great American Novel: Três versões, um título (Williams, Roth e Davis) [The Great American Novel: Three Versions, One Title (Williams, Roth, and Davis)]. João R. Figueiredo.

MOURO, Manuel. MA. 2018. A questão moral em O deserto dos tártaros, de Dino Buzzati [The Moral Question in Dino Buzzati's The Tartar Steppe.]. Ângela Fernandes.

MUSIAŁ, Zuzanna. MA. 2018. Bastardos e enjeitados [Bastards and Foundlings]. Elisabete M. Sousa.

NAMORA, Ricardo. MA. 2004. Para cá das trincheiras: (uma) cartografia de problemas de interpretação [Before the Trenches: A Mapping of Problems in Interpretation]. António M. Feijó.

NAMORA, Ricardo. PhD. 2009. Juízos literários: argumentos, interpretação e teoria da literatura. [Literary Judgements: Argument, Interpretation and Literary Theory]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen.

NASCIMENTO, Pedro. MA. 2014. Leitores e factos literários [Readers and Literary Facts]. Miguel Tamen.

OLIVEIRA, Catarina. MA. 1997. Mostrar problemas. Uma leitura das Philosophische Untersuchungen de Ludwig Wittgenstein. [Showing Problems. A Reading of Ludwig Wittgenstein's Philosophische Untersuchungen]. António M. Feijó.

OSÓRIO, André. MA. 2023.  A concepção espacial e a possibilidade de sentido: um olhar sobre a poesia de Manuel António Pina [Spatial Concepts and the Possibility of Meaning: A Look at Manuel António Pina's Poetry].  Joana Matos Frias.

PALMEIRIM, Bernardo. MA. 2004. Two Ways of Transcendence. An Essay on Poetry and Prayer. Miguel Tamen.

PALMEIRIM, Bernardo. PhD. 2014. What is Poetic Attention. Miguel Tamen + Brett Bourbon.

PATRÍCIO, Tiago. MA. 2015. Recomendações de leitura e terapias literárias [Reading Prescriptions and Literary Therapies]. Ângela Fernandes.

PEDREIRA, Frederico, PhD. 2016.  Uma aproximação à ideia de estranheza [An Approach to the Idea of Strangeness].  João R. Figueiredo.

PENG HUI. MA. 2015. Maurice Maeterlinck:  palavras inúteis [Useless Words]. Miguel Tamen.

PEREIRA, António. 2021. José Régio e a ironia enquanto vocação José Régio and Irony as Vocation].  António M. Feijó.

PEREIRA, Carlos Alves. MA. 2009. Problemas de interpretação. [Problems in Interpretation]. Humberto Brito.

PEREIRA, Maria da Conceição. MA. 2000. Visibilidade e descrição. [Visibility and Description]. António M. Feijó.

PEREIRA, Maria da Conceição. PhD. 2007. Contextos Improváveis: Nonsense, Malapropismos e outras Banalidades [Improbable Contexts: Nonsense, Malapropism and Other Kinds of Banality]. António M. Feijó.

PINHEIRO, Cecília. PhD. 2003. "Os poetas passam e os artistas ficam": Fernando Pessoa, influência e construção ["Poets Go, Artists Remain": Fernando Pessoa, Influence and Construction]. António M. Feijó.

PINTO, Constança Vaz. MA. 2008. Proust, escritor de pastiches [Proust, Pastiche Writer]. Miguel Tamen.

PIRES, Susana. MA. 2010. O autor e a obra nas adaptações infantis dos clássicos da literatura [Work and Author in Children's Adaptations of Literary Classics]. António M. Feijó.

QUINTELA, Madalena, MA. 2022.  Adélia Prado: uma poesia hieroglífica [Adélia Prado: Hieroglyphic Poetry].  Maria Sequeira Mendes.

RAMALHO, António. MA. 2004. Wilde versus Douglas: da educação à revolta da arte [Wilde versus Douglas: From Education to the Mutiny of Art]. Miguel Tamen.

RAMOS, Inês. MA. 2017. A confissão de Zeno.  Uma análise do romance A consciência de Zeno, de Italo Svevo [Zeno's Confession. An Analysis of Italo Svevo's The Confessions of Zeno]Miguel Tamen.

REIS, Lauro. MA. 2019. À sombra da bananeira.  Uma abordagem à obra de Matsuo Bashô [Underneath the Banana Tree.  An Approach to the Work of Matsuo Bashô].  João R. Figueiredo.

ROCHA, José Nunes da. MA. 2002. Poetas e carpinteiros. Uma reflexão sobre a utilidade da poesia a propósito da vontade de rir de Alberto Caeiro quando leu versos de um poeta místico. [Poets and Carpenters. A Reflection on the Use of Poetry Concerning Alberto Caeiro's Laughter Upon Reading a Mystical Poet]. António M. Feijó.

ROCHA, José Nunes da. PhD. 2008. Como construir um leitor de poesia. [How to Build a Poetry-Reading Device]. António M. Feijó.

RODRIGUES, Alda. MA. 2009. Duas ou três coisas sobre cinema [Two or Three Things About Film]. Miguel Tamen.

RODRIGUES, Alda. PhD. 2015.  Uma teoria da colecção [A Theory of Collection]. Miguel Tamen + João R. Figueiredo.

RODRIGUES, Telmo. MA. 2009. Bob Dylan: música com poesia [Bob Dylan: Music with Poetry]. António M. Feijó.

RODRIGUES, Telmo. PhD. 2015. For a Lark: the Poetry of Songs.   António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen

ROSA, João. MA. 2008. Porque tiramos fotografias? [Why do We Take Pictures?]. Miguel Tamen.

ROSA, Susana. MA. 2005. Garção 'num bairro moderno': que linguagem para a poesia? [Garção 'In a Modern Quarter': What Language for Poetry?]. Miguel Tamen.

ROSA, Susana. PhD. 2010. Cesário Verde ou o poema sem assunto [Cesário Verde, or Poetry Without Subject Matter]. Miguel Tamen.

RUAS, José. MA. 2022. Aprender a não perceber [Learning Not to Understand].  Alberto Arruda.

RUFINO, Ana. MA. 2005. Apanha-me se puderes. Construção e desconstrução de autores-cripta. [Catch Me If You Can. Construction and Deconstruction of Crypt-Like Authors]. Manuel Gusmão.

RUSSO, João. MA. 2017. 'Ese dificilissimo equilibrio'.  Uma visão sobre a obra de Julio Cortázar. Ângela Fernandes.

SABINO, Ana. MA. 2014. Literatura para míopes. Um olhar aproximado sobre questões de forma em teoria da literatura. [Literature for the Nearsighted. A Close Look at Matters of Form in Literary Theory]. António M. Feijó.

SANTOS, Ana Cláudia. MA. 2008. Giambattista Vico: Poesia e Ciência Nova [Giambattista Vico: Poetry and New Science]. João R. Figueiredo.

SANTOS, Ana Cláudia. PhD. 2015. Histórias familiares. Vico, Rossellini, Proust [Family Histories. Vico, Rossellini, Proust] João R. Figueiredo.

SANTOS, Rui Costa. MA. 2006. A Teoria em questão: Stanley Fish e Fredric Jameson. [Theory in Question: Stanley Fish and Fredric Jameson]. António M. Feijó.

SASSOON, Isaac S. D. PhD. 2007. The Status of Women in the Jewish Tradition. António M. Feijó + Peter Stilwell.

SERRAS, Pedro Tiago. PhD. 2012. Racionalidade radical. Um argumento sobre interpretação [Radical Rationality. An Argument on Interpretation]. Miguel Tamen.

SILVA, Ana. MA. 2018. O modernismo de Clement Greenberg: Forma e conteúdo [Clement Greenberg's Modernism:  Form and Content]. João R. Figueiredo.

SILVA, Inês Amado da. MA. 2018. Estupidez e literatura. Três tentativas de Robert Musil [Stupidity and Literature. Three Attempts by Robert Musil]. Miguel Tamen.

SILVA, João Esteves da. MA. 2019. Wittgenstein's Tractatus Deranged.  A Metaphilosophical Story.  Miguel Tamen

SILVEIRA, Tiago. MA. 2015. Realismo metafísico e realismo moral. Um argumento sobre a influência moral da ficção [Metaphysical Realism and Moral Realism.  An Argument on the Moral Influence of Fiction].  Miguel Tamen.

SIMÕES, João Paulo. MA. 2010. A arte da fuga: um ensaio sobre Walden de Henry David Thoreau. [The Art of Fugue: An Essay on Henry David Thoreau's Walden]. António M. Feijó.

SOARES, Ana Isabel. MA. 1996. Interpretar a retórica. Intersecções entre estudos literários e estudos jurídicos. [Interpreting Rhetoric. Intersections of Literary and Legal Studies]. Miguel Tamen.

SOARES, Ana Isabel. PhD. 2003. Espaços do Tempo: Considerações acerca da arte e da história da civilização moderna nas obras de David Wojnarowicz e em Passagenwerk de Walter Benjamin [Spaces of Time: Remarks on Art and the History of Modern Civilization in the Works of David Wojnarowicz and in Walter Benjamin's Passagenwerk]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen.

SOBRAL, Cecília. MA. 2021. Mervyn Peake on Tyranny.  Miguel Tamen.

SOUSA, Elisabete. MA. 2000. A técnica do Leitmotiv em Der Ring des Nibelungen, de Richard Wagner e Buddenbrooks, de Thomas Mann. [The Technique of the Leitmotiv in Richard Wagner's Der Ring des Nibelungen, and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks]. Manuel S. Lourenço.

SOUSA, Elisabete. PhD. 2006. Formas de arte: a prática crítica de Berlioz, Kierkegaard, Liszt e Schumann. [Forms of Art. Critical Practices of Berlioz, Kierkegaard, Liszt and Schumann]. Manuel S. Lourenço + Miguel Tamen.

SOUSA, Rodrigo. MA. 2003. Ion, Sócrates, e os mistérios do além. [Ion, Socrates, and the Mysteries from Beyond]. Miguel Tamen.

SWIATKIEWICZ, Teresa. MA. 2000. A Ironia em Vista com grão de areia: um estudo da poesia de Wyslawa Szymborska. [Irony in Landscape With a Grain of Sand: A Study of Wyslawa Szymborska's Poetry]. Maria de Lourdes Ferraz.

TAMEN, Madalena. MA. 2021. Chorar muito e bem. Educação e sentimentalismo [Crying Much and Well. Education and Sentimentality]. João R. Figueiredo.

TABORDA, Rita. MA. 2002. Crítica e representação. Da aporia na crítica de um texto poético [Criticism and Representation. On Aporia in Poetry Criticism]. Maria de Lourdes Ferraz.

URIBE, Jorge. PhD. 2014. Um drama da crítica: Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater e Matthew Arnold, lidos por Fernando Pessoa [A Drama in Criticism: Oscar Wilde, Walter Pater, and Matthew Arnold, as Read by Fernando Pessoa]. António M. Feijó

VALA, João Pedro. MA. 2014. Morte, silêncio e descrições erradas: Em busca do tempo perdido [Death, Silence and Wrong Descriptions: In Search of Lost Time]. Miguel Tamen.

VALA, João Pedro. PhD. 2021. The Masked Autobiography.  Proust's Literary Theory.  Miguel Tamen.

VARINO, Gabriela. MA. 2005. A dignificação das metáforas Ou, porque o amarelo é a minha cor preferida. [Dignified Metaphors, Or Why Yellow Is My Favorite Color]. António M. Feijó.

VEIGA, Lourenço Motta. MA. 2021. Aquilo que parece e aquilo que é: um argumento sobre metonímia e lembranças [What Seems and What Is: An Argument on Metonymy and Memory]. João R. Figueiredo + Miguel Tamen.

VELOSO DA SILVA, Carlos. MA. 1996. Experiências do irreconciliável. [Experiences of Irreconcilability]. António M. Feijó.

ZHOU, Ning. MA. 2018. Ler Cesário Verde: um percurso do eléctrico 28 [Reading Cesário Verde. The #28 Tram Line]. Miguel Tamen.



Name. Degree [MA/PhD/Visiting]. Year of Admission. [PhD or PostDoc Project Title]. E-mail address. [Doctoral Advisors].


ABECASIS, Rodrigo. 2017. "These doves undriven that coo" - Empson sobre crítica literária [Empson on Literary Criticism]. António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen. rodrigoabecasisfernandes[at]

ALMEIDA, Jorge. 2012. 'Um estilo natural com um toque de afectação': Castiglione e o dandismo. ['A Natural Style with a Whiff of Affectation': Castiglione and Dandyism] jorgealmeida9292[at] . João R. Figueiredo.

ANTUNES, Francisco. 2021. francisco.vieira.antunes[at]

BORGES, Luís. 2022.  luisborges[at] João R. Figueiredo.

BORGES, Marana. 2014. O inacabamento na arte [Unifinished Art]. marana_borges[at] . Miguel Tamen.

BRAGANÇA, João de. 2022.  joao.braganca[at]

BRAY, João. 2018. joaombsilva[at]

CALDAS, Miguel Castro. 2019. miguel.caldas[at]

CAMBIM, Francisco. 2018. franciscocambim[at]

CARVALHO, Sofia A. 2015. A figura do estrangeiro e o processo de estranhamento nas biografias de Teixeira de Pascoaes [The Figures of the Stranger and Estrangement in Teixeira de Pascoaes' Biographies].  sofia-carvalho[at] António M. Feijó.

CHADWICK, Lily. 2019. lchadwick[at]

CLARIANO, Tiago. 2018. tiagoclariano[at] João R. Figueiredo.

CLEMENTE, Adauto. 2018. adautoclemente[at] Joana Matos Frias.

CORREIA, Mafalda. 2021. mafalda.p.correia[at]

COSTA, Cristina. 2015. Guia Turístico do Desenvolvimento pessoal [A Tourist Guide to Personal Development].  cristinamariacosta[at] . António M. Feijó.

CRAVEIRO, Helena. 2022. helenafreitas1[at]

DUARTE, Constança. 2020. constancaduarte[at]

FERRÃO, Pedro. 2016.  pedroferrao[at] . Miguel Tamen.

FERREIRA, Madalena Malfeito. 2020. mariamadalena1[at]

FERREIRA, Tomás Vicente. 2016.  tferreira2[at]

FIGUEIRA, Sara. 2019. figueira.sara[at]

FORMIGO, Ricardo. 2019. ricardo.formigo[at]

FRANCO, Pedro. 2018.[at] . Miguel Tamen.

GATTO, Gabriele. 2022. gabrigatto94[at] 

HENRIQUES, Manuel. 2021. manuelmjmh[at]

JONAS, Daniel. 2022. danjonas[at] . Miguel Tamen.

KAMPSCHROER, Philipp. 2016. Philipp.Kampschroer[at] Miguel Tamen. 

LEITE, Rui Gomes. 2022.  wruigomes[at]

LÍBANO MONTEIRO, Teresa. 2019. teresalm93[at] .  António M. Feijó + Joana Matos Frias.

MEXIA, Pedro. 2017. pedro18[at] . Miguel Tamen.

MORAIS, Margarida. 2022. margaridafmorais2000[at]

NEVES, Francisca. 2022. franciscatneves[at]

PEREIRA, Diogo Álvares. 2021. diogomcap[at]

PEREIRA, Tomás Marques. 2021. tomas99mp[at]

PEREIRINHA PIRES, Ana. 2016. ana.pereirinha[at] . António M. Feijó.

PEREZ, Daniel. 2019. d.perez.fajardo[at]

PINTO, Carolina Rocha. 2022. carolina.pinto[at] 

PORTELA, António. 2016. antoniojportela[at] Miguel Tamen.

QUEVEDO, Carla. 2015. Duas vidas [Two Lives]. carlaquevedo[at] . Miguel Tamen.

RAMOS, Inês Gomes. 2017. gramos.ines[at] . Miguel Tamen.

REIS, António. 2021. ajvreis97[at]

REIS, José. 2020. reis.jose[at]

REIS, Lauro. 2021. laurofilipereis[at] Miguel Tamen.

ROSA, Inês. 2017. ines-rosa[at] . António M. Feijó + Miguel Tamen.

SILVA, Ana. 2018. achs[at] . João R. Figueiredo.

SILVA, Diogo. 2022. ds9[at]

SILVA, João Esteves da. 2019. joao.esteves.silva[at] Miguel Tamen.

SILVA, Martim Alves. 2021. martim.silva[at]

SILVA, Rodrigo Cruz. 2021. cruzsilva53[at]

SOARES, Diogo. 2022. diogo-soares[at]

SOARES, Tomás. 2022. soares.tomas[at]

SOUSA, Bruna. 2022. brunacostamaximo[at]

VALENTE, Guilherme. 2022. valente1[at]

VASCONCELOS, Inês. 2022. inesganchinho[at]

VEIGA, Lourenço Motta. 2022. lourencov[at]

VENÂNCIO, Bruno. 2020. brunopeixotovenancio[at]

VÍTOR, Diogo. 2022. diogovitor[at]

ZENHA, Miguel. 2018. miguel17[at] . Miguel Tamen.



Ana Almeida (PhD '12, postdoctoral fellow 2012-15) is the writer Djaimilia Pereira de Almeida ,who authored several novels and essays, one of which has recently appeared in English.  She was recipient of the Oceanos Prize, 2018 and Writer in Residence, at the Literaturhaus Zürich. Her personal page can be found here.

Nuno Amado (PhD '16), was a visiting assistant professor at the Catholic University and has returned in 2021 to the Universiity of Lisbon and, in 2022, to the Program. More details here.
Maria Pacheco de Amorim (PhD '11) is a tenured high-school teacher of Portuguese at the São Tomás School.

David Antunes (PhD '03) is currently Dean in the School of Film and Drama at the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute.  He has published A Magnanimidade da Teoria (2009), based on his dissertation, and has also worked as a dramaturgist.

Alberto Arruda (PhD ‘16)  taught for a number of years at the São Tomás School and has returned in 2020 to the University of Lisbon and the Program as an assistant professor.  More details here.

Teresa Aica Bairos  (PhD '19) lives in Brussels and works as a translator for the European Commission.  Her translation of Carlyle's Sartor Resartus, which has been awarded the Imprensa Nacional/Vasco Graça Moura prize and was part of her dissertation, has recently been published.

Teresa Bartolomei (PhD '16) is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Catholic University, Lisbon, teaching and working on an international project on ecclesiality and citizenship.

Humberto Brito (PhD '07, postdoctoral fellow 2009-10, 2013-8) is now an assistant professor at the New University, Lisbon, as well as a photographer (his webpage is here).  He was a co-founder and the first editor of Forma de Vida, the Program journal (2013-2016).

French translation of Patrícia Cabral (PhD ´06,postdoctoral fellow 2006-10)'s dissertation has appeared in Peter Lang.

Alexandra Caetano  (PhD '11) is a tenured high-school teacher of Portuguese and Portuguese as a foreign language at the Gil Vicente School. She is considering returning to the Program on a post-doc project.

António Carlos (PhD '08) is a tenured high-school teacher of Portuguese and French at the Pedro Jacques de Magalhães School.

Henrique Carvalho (PhD '06) is a researcher at the Center for Classical Studies, at the University of Lisbon.

Sebastião Belfort Cerqueira (PhD '18) has published several books of poetry, has worked as a docker, a translator, and is a seasonal pastry-seller.

Ana Sofia Couto (PhD '11) teaches high-school Portuguese at the Estoril Salesianos School.

Jean Pierre De Roo (PhD '13, postdoctoral fellow 2013-17) is currently developing a project on race and nation in the Portuguese Empire (1825-1975) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Sara Eckerson (PhD ’16) has recently published an article on Handel and Milton in the Yale Journal of Music and Religion.

Rui Estrada (PhD '01, postdoctoral fellow 2005-06) is a professor at the School of Human Sciences, Fernando Pessoa University, Oporto.  His fourth, and latest, book was On Rorty and Other Ethical Issues.

Ângela Fernandes (PhD '09) is associate professor and chair of the PhD Program in Comparative Studies, University of Lisbon.  More details here.

Ana M. Ferraria (PhD '16) is a member of the Estranging Pessoa project and is a contributor to Forma de Vida.  An essay of hers in connection with her dissertation has recently appeared in Desassossego.

Pedro Tiago Ferreira (PhD '17) is now beginning a second doctorate in Ethics and Democracy at the University of Lisbon. He is thinking about pursuing a postdoctoral project on law as described by literary works.

João Figueiredo (PhD '06) has returned to the Program, where he currently serves as Chair.   More details here.

Cristina Firmino (PhD '03) is now a tenured assistant professor in the Linguistics and Literature Department, at the University of Évora.

Claudia Fischer (PhD '07) has returned to the Program in 2017 and is an assistant professor in the German Department, University of Lisbon. More details here.

Teresa Gonçalves (PhD '13)'s dissertation has appeared as a book: Fakes in Art.

Virgínia Graça (PhD '03) after a career as high-school and then college teacher has recently retired.

Raimundo Henriques (PhD '22) taught philosophy for a brief period and is now a programmer at the SINE foundation.  A book based on his dissertation will come out next year in the UK.

Pedro Madeira (PhD'21)  is a researcher at the English Studies Center, University of Lisbon, and a translator.  He was a lecturer at the University of Coruña.

Ana Matoso (PhD '12) is a visiting Assistant Professor at the Catholic University, Lisbon.

Joana Meirim (PhD '14) is a visiting Assistant Professor at the New University, Lisbon (and also a researcher at the Catholic University). She has edited a collection of essays on Alexandre O'Neill and a collection of O'Neill interviews. A book based on her dissertation has been awarded the INCM/Vasco Graça Moura Prize for Best Essay in the Humanities (2022).

José Maria Vieira Mendes (PhD '16) has returned in 2021 to the University of Lisbon and, in 2022, to the Program.  More details here.

Maria Sequeira Mendes (PhD '12) has returned to the the University of Lisbon and Program in 2017. More details here.

Viktor Mendes (PhD '98) is an associate professor in the Department of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), where he is also Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture.  He co-founded and was the first editor of Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies.

Joana Corrêa Monteiro (PhD'16) has returned to our School as a researcher in SHARE - Health and Humanities Network, and is a visiting assistant professor of Ethics at the Nova School of Business and Economics (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)..

Inês Morais (PhD '09)  has published the paper "Interpretação Literária e Intenção" [Literary Interpretation and Intention] (2006) and several reviews on aesthetics and the philosophy of literature in Disputatio and Forma de Vida. Her book Aesthetic Realism has been published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan. 

Ricardo Namora (PhD ’09) was a lecturer at the University of Stockholm, and is a researcher at the Center for Portuguese Literature, as well as a visiting professor in the Materialities of Literature doctoral program at the University of Coimbra.  Has published four books, the latest of which was Uma coisa chamada hermenêutica ([A Thing Called Hermeneutics], 2018).

Bernardo Palmeirim (PhD '14) has returned to the University of Lisbon where he is now assistant professor in the English Department.  He is also a musician and a member of Nome Comum.

Frederico Pedreira (PhD '16, postdoctoral fellow 2019-21), is a poet, a novelist, an essayist and a translator. A book based on his dissertation has been awarded the INCM/Vasco Graça Moura Prize for Best Essay in the Humanities.   His first novel A Lição do sonâmbulo (The Sleepwalker Lesson)  has won the European Union Prize for Literature 2021, and the Eça de Queiroz Foundation Literary Award. He is also the author of Um virar de costas sedutor [Alluring Indifference], an essay written during his postdoc residence in the Program.

Conceição Pereira (PhD '07) is the director of the Portuguese Language Centre at Newcastle University.   She is a researcher in the Center for Lusophone Literatures and Cultures at the University of Lisbon, where she also is a member of the Portuguese Teaching M.A. program.

Cecília Rego Pinheiro (PhD '03) works as a free-lance translator and has published translations of  Yeats, Cummings, Dickinson, Dorothy Parker and Nancy Mitford.  She has recently edited a volume of Vitorino Nemésio's letters.

José Nunes da Rocha (PhD '08) is a widely-published poet.  His latest book is Colóquio dos simples. He works as a high-school teacher.

An essay by Alda Rodrigues (PhD '15) has appeared in Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, Cambridge University Press, 2016). She has translated, among others, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, Julian Barnes, and Jane Austen.  She blogs at Cinéfilo Preguiçoso.

Telmo Rodrigues (PhD '15) is since 2016 the editor of our journal, Forma de Vida.  He has taught at the College of North Aveiro, University of Aveiro.

Susana Rosa (PhD '10)'s  dissertation has appeared at the Gulbenkian Foundation Press.

Ana Cláudia Santos (PhD '15) works at the University of Lisbon Press.  Her translation of Giambattista Vico's Autobiography has appeared recently.  She is considering a postdoctoral project.

Isaac Sassoon (PhD ’07) teaches at the Institute of Traditional Judaism, in New York.   Cambridge University Press have published in 2011 The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition, based on his Program dissertation and, in 2017, Conflicting Attitudes to Conversion in Judaism, Past and Present.

Pedro Tiago Serras (PhD '12, postdoctoral fellow 2013-14) has recently started a company.

Ana Isabel Soares (PhD '03, postdoctoral fellow 2007-10) is a tenured assistant professor at the University of Algarve, as well as a founding member and former president (2010-14) of AIM - Associação Portuguesa de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento.  She has translated into Portuguese, with Merja de Mattos-Parreira, the Finnish epic Kalevala.   Her translations of four books by Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht have appeared in Brazil.

Elisabete Sousa (PhD '06, postdoctoral fellow 2010-11) is a researcher in the Philosophy Center at the University of Lisbon.  She is the author of Formas de Arte: a prática crítica de Berlioz, Kierkegaard, Liszt e Schumann (2008). She has translated a number of works by Kierkegaard.

Jorge Uribe (PhD '14) after a stint as a postdoctoral fellow at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, is now in the faculty of the Humanities Department at the EAFIT University, Colombia.  He remains a member of the Estranging Pessoa project. Two books of his have recently appeared:  Obra Completa de Ricardo Reis (with Jeronimo Pizarro) and O planeamento editorial de Fernando Pessoa (with Pedro Sepúlveda).

João Pedro Vala (PhD '21)'s first novel has just appeared.  He works as a translator and is involved in a number of other projects.

The Program

What the Program Is

The Program in Literary Theory is one of the oldest and largest graduate programs in the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Lisbon.  It offers an M.A.. and a PhD, as well as a basic certificate and post-doctoral programs. It was established in 1991, and has a current enrolment of about 70 students.   The Program features a core faculty of twelve, including two regular visiting professors.  João Figueiredo serves as Chair and Maria Sequeira Mendes is Director of Graduate Studies.   All inquiries may be addressed to either one.

Who Is in the Program

Most of our students have some previous background in Literature or Philosophy.  However, there are no prerequisites for admission to the Program. The absence of such prerequisites, as the absence of what is sometimes called “an intellectual line” are, in our opinion, of great advantage.  Even though the assessment and grading of M.A. and PhD students is conducted differently, like in all similar major graduate programs worldwide, most of our seminars are open to all students in the Program.   We believe that differences between students are an important intellectual asset.  Our faculty, resident and visiting alike, also have very different interests and often very different theoretical and practical inclinations. Conflict is therefore both inevitable and welcome. 

What Is Done (and What Is Not Done) in the Program

The Program is to a great extent a program in Philosophy and Literature.   In the Program the issues discussed are often part of current debates in departments of Literature or Philosophy, and even sometimes in fields such as the arts, the law, theology, and the so-called social sciences.  In the Program there is no recommended intellectual approach and so no recommended type of dissertation. Disciplinary boundaries count for less than the possibility of establishing relationships between different problems.

Unlike most of our European counterparts we do not believe the debate in the Humanities ought to take place within research centers and clusters organized around disciplinary or thematic guidelines, or so-called projects; nor in our view should research in the Humanities be conducted within large, laboratory-like, teams. Instead we favor a model of seminarial and tutorial teaching that gives a primary role to the intellectual interests and inclinations of our students. 

Since being established the Program has granted more than one hundred and fifty degrees (MA and PhD).   The Program pursues an open policy of publication.  Thus, all dissertations defended (except those that have been published in book format) are freely available online.   The Program takes honest work and academic integrity very seriously.   There is a no-tolerance policy for fraud and plagiarism.   For further information  (in Portuguese) please refer to the School of Arts and Humanities' by-laws applying to Student Grading and Assessment.


The Program runs the Philosophy and Literature Network, which sponsors the Philosophy and Literature Workshop, managed by Inês Ramos, whose sessions are all open to the general public.  This network also provides a home for partnerships open to our PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.
The Program publishes the online peer-reviewed journal Forma de Vida [Form of Life] (mostly, though not always, in Portuguese), edited by Telmo Rodrigues, which includes a separate book review section, updated regularly, and Instagram and Facebook pages updated daily here and here.
The Program is party to an agreement with INCM press concerning the publication of a series ("Pessoana"), featuring essays about, and editions of, Fernando Pessoa.


Programa em Teoria da Literatura
Faculdade de Letras
Universidade de Lisboa
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