Prof. Helder Macedo

Research Fellow in Portuguese

Helder Macedo was the Camões Professor of Portuguese at King’s College London for twenty-two years. During a distinguished academic career, he has held visiting positions at Harvard University, the Universidade de São Paulo, the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, the University of Santiago de Compostela, the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, and UC Berkeley. His ground-breaking academic publications include Do Significado Oculto da Menina e Moça; Camões e a Viagem Iniciática; Nós, uma leitura de Cesário Verde and Viagens do Olhar: Retrospecção, Visão e Profecia no Renascimento Português (with Fernando Gil). The Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture in Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo’s government, prior to his academic career, Professor Macedo worked for the BBC in London.
Beyond the academy, Professor Macedo is a renowned poet and novelist, whose literary works are studied by undergraduates at Oxford. His first published novel Partes de África was translated into English by Professor Phillip Rothwell and is available for download here. His subsequent novels include Pedro e Paula; Vícios e Virtudes; Sem Nome (which won the Portuguese Pen Club prize); Natália, and Tão Longo Amor Tão Curta a Vida.

Selected Publications

Academic Books

Nós, Uma Leitura de Cesário Verde (Lisbon: Plátano, 1975; repr. Presença 1999)

Do Cancioneiro de Amigo (with Stephen Reckert) (Lisbon: Assírio & Alvim, 1976)

Do Significado Oculto da Menina e Moça (Lisboa: Moraes, 1977) [awarded Prémio da Academia das Ciências de Lisboa]

Introduction (with E M de Melo e Castro), Contemporary Portuguese Poetry (Manchester: Carcanet, 1978)

Camões e a Viagem Iniciática (Lisbon: Moraes, 1980) Revised and expanded edition: (Lisbon: Abysmo, 2013; Rio de Janeiro: Mobile, 2013)

Cesário Verde: O Romântico e o Feroz (Lisbon: & Etc, 1988)

(ed. and intro.) Menina e Moça de Bernardim Ribeiro (Lisbon: Dom Quixote, 1990)

Viagens do Olhar: Retrospecção, Visão e Profecia no Renascimento Português (with Fernando Gil) (Porto: Campo das Letras, 1998) [awarded Prémio da Associação Internacional de Críticos Literários e prémio PEN Clube Português]. Translated as The Traveling Eye (Dartmouth: University of Massachusetts, 2009)

Trinta Leituras (Lisbon: Editorial Presença, 2007)

(ed. with Maurício Matos) Obras de Bernardim Ribeiro (Lisbon: Editorial Presença, 2010)

Poetry and Fiction

Vesperal (poems) (Lisbon: Folhas de Poesia, 1957)

Das Fronteiras (poems) (Covilhã: Pedras Brancas, 1962)

Poesia 1957-68 (Lisbon: Moraes, 1969)

Poesia 1957-77 (Lisbon: Moraes, 1979)

Partes de África (novel) (Lisbon: Presença, 1991). Brazilian edition: (Rio de Janeiro, Record, 1999). Italian edition: (Reggio Emilia: Diabasis, 2010). German edition: (Leipzig, Leipziger Literaturverlag, 2010)

Viagem de Inverno (poems) (Lisbon: Presença, 1994)

Pedro e Paula (novel) (Lisbon: Presença, 1998). Brazilian edition: (Rio de Janeiro, Record, 1999). Spanish edition: (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2002). Italian edition: (Turin, Einaudi, 2003)

Viagem de Inverno e Outros Poemas (Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2000)

Vícios e Virtudes (novel) (Lisbon: Presença, 2000). Brazilian edition: (Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2002)

Sem Nome (novel) (Lisbon: Presença, 2005) [awarded Prémio do PEN Clube Português, 2006]. Brazilian edition: (Rio de Janeiro: Record, 2006). Spanish edition: (Barcelona, Tusquets, 2008). Italian edition: (Bologna: Comma 22, 2011)

Natália (novel) (Lisbon: Presença, 2009). Brazilian edition: (Rio de Janeiro, Azougue, 2010)

Poemas Novos e Velhos (Lisbon: Presença, 2011)

Tão Longo Amor Tão Curta A Vida (novel) (Lisbon: Presença, 2013). Brazilian edition: (Rio de Janeiro, Rocco, 2013)

Romance (Lisboa: Presença, 2015)

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