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Sara Sofia Andre da Costa

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Biography

I have completed a BA in General and Romance Linguistics and a Postgraduate Course in Editing and Publishing at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Arts.

My MA by Research, as student in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies at University of Nottingham, is entitled herberto helder - the poem's gestures and focusses on one of the most important contemporary Portuguese poets, Herberto Helder (1930-2014).

In addition to my work related with Herberto Helder, she also have an ongoing research project on a Brazilian author, Clarice Lispector (1920-1977).

Teaching Summary

Over the past years, I have been teaching Portuguese Language in MLC-SPLAS. In this role I deliver a wide range of seminars and tutorials for undergraduate students at different levels (MLAC/1049:… read more

Research Summary

My current research focus on one of the most studied Portuguese poets of the late twentieth century, Herberto Helder (Portugal, 1930-2015).

Herberto Helder's poetry is renowned as being enigmatic and obscure, drawing on surrealism and symbolism. Hence the urge for new critical approaches to his poetry was always considered not only a challenge but also of great relevance in modern and contemporary Portuguese literature.

The thesis, entitled herberto helder - the poem's gestures, examines in which ways the poetical subjectivity disappears inside the poem and is transformed into the poem itself through a combination of processes, and analyses Helder's conception of a continuous poem while developing his own poetical philosophy.

Supervisors:

Dr. Rui Miranda

Prof. Bernard McGuirk

2018:

  • Participant at University of Nottingham's SPLAS PGR Community Forum (June). I presented a paper entitled Herberto Helder: the poet-poem.
  • Participant at II Colóquio de Poesia Portuguesa Moderna e Contemporânea (May), a conference dedicated to Portuguese poetry at the Universidade Federal Fulminense (Niterói, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil). I presented a paper entitled Herberto Helder: poeta-poema.

2017:

  • Participant at After Clarice - Lispector's Legacy (November), a conference dedicated to the work of the Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector at the University of Oxford. I presented a paper entitled Mutatis Mutandis - Ausências Comunicantes.

2016:

  • Participant at Congresso Internacional Herberto Helder - Uma Vida Inteira a Fundar um Poema (November), dedicated to the work of the Portuguese poet Herberto Helder at the University of Madeira, Portugal. I presented a paper entitled Clarice Lispector e Herberto Helder: a procura continua.

2002:

  • Participant at XVIII Congresso Nacional da Associação Portuguesa de Linguística (Congress of Portuguese Linguistics Association), School of Languages and Literature - University of Oporto, Portugal. I presented a paper entitled Carta de Marear para a Morfologia.

Over the past years, I have been teaching Portuguese Language in MLC-SPLAS. In this role I deliver a wide range of seminars and tutorials for undergraduate students at different levels (MLAC/1049: Beginners 1, MLAC/2062: Beginners 2, and MLAC/2118: Post A-level), including writing and listening tutorials, and seminars focusing on grammar and oral communication.

I also teach, at the Language Centre, a Portuguese Language Level 1 module for MBA/MSc students (Business School - UoN) and Portuguese Language Level 1 and 2 for the general public and students who have signed up for the Language Centre's evening classes.

I believe that language acquisition can be encouraged and facilitated through a rich and varied range of activities, which include introducing students to specific elements of Lusophone culture, such as literature and cinema. Therefore, I regularly organise extra-curricular activities such as the "Lusophone Cinema Cycle" and the "Portuguese Christmas Party". I also co-organised with Lorna Kirkby and Mark Sabine (SPLAS) the visit of eminent Portuguese writer Hélia Correia to Nottingham (2017) and the "Contemporary Brazilian Cinema Series" (2018) with Gianlluca Simi (CFM/SPLAS).

Future Research

In addition to my work related with Herberto Helder, I also have an ongoing research project on the Brazilian author, Clarice Lispector (1920-1977).

My future research will focus on a comparative study on Clarice Lispector (1920-1977) and Herberto Helder (1930-2015), key figures from 20th century Brazilian and Portuguese literatures.

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