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Book: “Travels in My Homeland” by Almeida Garrett revisited – Essays

Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth, in partnership with the University Press of New England (UPNE), announced the publication of Garrett’s Travels Revisited, edited by Victor K. Mendes and Valéria M. Souza.

This double-volume issue of Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies (vols. 21–22) re-examines the most celebrated work of Portuguese Romanticism, Travels in My Homeland (1846) [Viagens na MinhaTerra], by Almeida Garrett (1799-1854).

In Travels in My Homeland, Almeida Garrett narrates his thirteen-day trip to Santarém, on wittily intermingling personal experiences with a sentimental novel. Santarém is a city on the right bank of the river Tagus, 37 miles northeast of Lisbon.

Influenced by Laurence Sterne’s Sentimental Journey, Garrett’s masterpiece paved the way for writers like  Eça de Queirós (Portugal) and Machado de Assis (Brazil) and helped foster modern Portuguese prose.

This interdisciplinary collection of essays by leading scholars addresses topics such as narrative technique, gender relations, women and nationalism, literary hypertext, travel writing and visual culture, literature and music, and Romantic fiction and classical literature.

Victor K. Mendes is associate professor of Portuguese and graduate program director in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory at UMass Dartmouth. Valéria M. Souza is a Ph.D. candidate in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies and Theory at UMass Dartmouth and a lecturer at UMass Boston.

Via Tagus Press

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