Understanding the Portugese [sic] Poet Joaquim Pessoa, 1942-2007: A Study in Iberian Cultural Hybridity

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Edwin Mellen Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 149 pages
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Joaquim Pessoa emerged in the 1970's during the final years of Portugal's Salazar dictatorship. Over the past thirty years, has been the source of study for his socio-political views. In the early stages of his career, Pessoa applied a deconstructionist approach to his writing in the face of censorship under the Salazar regime. Robert Simon argues that this was the first of three stages of a progressive evolution of Pessoa's work, citing Pessoa's deconstructionist stance as only a starting point for a longer, metaphysical journey that would lead the author to explore his own conceptions of society and love, eventually leading him towards mystical enlightenment.

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Contents

Basic Critical Ideas
17
Mysticism in the Iberian Peninsula
79
The Recontextualization of Joaquim Pessoa
131
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About the author (2008)

Dr. Robert Simon is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Kennesaw State University. He has earned academic degrees and certificates in the United States, Spain and Portugal.

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