Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies

Poetry, Criticism, Translation

Friday, December 13, and Saturday, December 14, 2019

Location: Luce Hall, Room 203
This conference focuses on two of the most prominent and multifaceted writers of the twentieth century, the Brazilian poet and essayist Haroldo de Campos (1929-2003) and the celebrated Portuguese intellectual in exile, Jorge de Sena (1919-1978). The conference marks 90 years of Haroldo de Campos and the centenary of Jorge de Sena.
The aim of this conference is to address three areas of interest to comparative and world literature through two of the most expressive figures in Brazilian and Portuguese literatures. Each represents a major body of poetry, developed over forty years of writing; a sharp and active critical mind applied to literary theory and history; and poetic translation that speaks to an awareness of linguistic theory and world literature.
Each of these two writers left an indelible mark on the two national literatures and, because of their international activities, on world literature. Each made significant contributions to poetry, critical essay, and translation, among their vast production as writers, scholars and public intellectuals. Haroldo de Campos was a founder and leader of the Concrete Poetry movement in São Paulo (from 1952), a visiting professor at Yale (1978), incessant traveler and promoter of contemporary poetry and translation, for which he invented the term “Transcreation.” Many of his essays are translated in the volume NOVAS (Northwestern UP, 2007). His literary archive at the Casa das Rosas in São Paulo is a point of international research, based on his contact with major theorists and intellectuals around the world. Campos received the Octavio Paz prize, the Roger Caillois prize, and an honorary doctorate from University of Montreal.
Jorge de Sena fled Salazar’s Portugal in 1959, teaching in Brazil until he came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1965 and subsequently the University of California Santa Barbara. His literary production is almost unparalleled, as is his reputation in Portugal as literary (and political) critic, poet, and international intellectual. Sena received the Etna-Taormina Prize in poetry and was featured in the January 2019 issue of Colóquio Letras (Lisbon).
Conference schedule:
A detailed schedule will be posted on this page later in the semester.