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Love and their masks by Helena Vasconcelos

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Love, in its infinite manifestations, is an integral and pivotal part of Literature. Throughout this cycle, we will read works that reveal the multiple masks in which this feeling can be clothed. We will begin with an attempt to establish its roots in Homer’s writing and will end with a story that brings robotics into the equation (Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan). Meanwhile, we will not forget the classics, such as the works by Brontë, Camilo, Laclos, Tolstoy and Shakespeare. We will also explore other forms of love – filial, libertine, sensual, nostalgic, free or restrained by conventions, romantic or rational – by looking closely at the following question: is it possible to study the feeling of love through Literature? Or is it books – and their authors – that teach us how to love (better)? If we wish to discover a paradigm of love in so-called “western culture”, we will find ourselves grappling with fascinating and mysterious contradictions, in an ocean that is as full of vicissitudes as the one that Ulysses encountered on his return to the island of Ithaca. And it is in that world, in that vast sea of uncertainties, that we intend to navigate from the very beginning of this cycle.

26 September 2019 | 18:00 to 19:30
Love in The Iliad and The Odyssey

17 October 2019 | 18:00 to 19:30
A Sonata de Kreutzer (The Kreutzer Sonata), Leo Tolstoy, ed. Relógio D’Água, 2007

28 November 2019 | 18:00 to 19:30
A Queda de um Anjo (The Fall of an Angel), Camilo Castelo Branco, Porto Editora, 2017


Prodution | CCB

September 26, 2019 October 17, 2019 November 28, 2019
Conference Rooms | Level 1
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