Prof Simon Park
Simon’s research focuses on literature and the visual arts from across the Portuguese-speaking world in the Early Modern period.
His first book, Poets, Patronage, and Print in Sixteenth-Century Portugal: From Paper to Gold (OUP 2021), examines how poets thought of themselves in professional terms and used poetry to negotiate their social status and financial success. In other words, it is a study of the various kinds of value (moral, social, financial) ascribed to poetry in the 1500s, a time of political, social, and technological change and a period when poetry’s worth (and that of its practitioners) was regularly contested.
Simon is currently working on two projects. One re-examines the legacies of key figures of the so-called ‘Age of Discoveries’, demonstrating how European imperial agents often learned from and were resisted by those they encountered and also made plenty of mistakes in their voyages. A second explores the use of art and material culture to articulate and justify Portuguese dominion in Africa, Asia, and South America.
He won the 2020 Juan Facundo Riaño Essay Medal for Hispanic Art History for a study of early Renaissance silverwork in Portugal, entitled ‘Chasing Wild Men (in Silver)’. The prize is awarded by ARTES with the support of the Office of Scientific and Cultural Affairs of the Spanish Embassy in London.
Simon is also interested in Portuguese Modernism(s) and has recently edited a book on the work of Mário de Sá-Carneiro and is working on a translation of selected poems by Florbela Espanca.
In 2019, Simon set up a new Early Career Network for Modern Linguists in Oxford to support the careers of and foster exchange between academics working across languages in the years soon after the completion of their doctorates.
He was the chair of the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize in 2019 and 2020.
Simon is responsible for students reading Portuguese at St Anne’s, Merton, and Lincoln. He gives lectures and tutorials on various aspects of Portuguese literature in the early modern period, including prelims (paper IV) and FHS courses (papers VII, X, XII, and XIV), and teaches translation classes (Portuguese to English) at all levels.
In Trinity Term 2019, Simon was a Faculty Fellow at the Ashmolean Museum, developing a new course that explores how visual and material culture can challenge narratives of empire.
Poets, Patronage, and Print in Sixteenth-Century Portugal: From Paper to Gold (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021)
(edited with Fernando Beleza) Mário de Sá-Carneiro, A Cosmopolitan Modernist (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016)
(accepted and forthcoming) ‘New Fragments of a Lover’s Discourse: A Creative-Critical Experiment’, Exemplaria, 33 (2021)
‘Some Versions of the Good Life in Diogo Bernardes’s O Lima’, Letterature d’America, 180 (2020), 27-46
‘Marian Demotion: An Engraving of the Virgin and Child in Early Modern China and Problems of Cross-Cultural Translation’, Source: Notes in the History of Art, 39.4 (2020), 252–61
‘Authorship and Originality in Seventeenth-Century Iberia: Faria e Sousa’s Rimas Várias de Luís de Camoens’, Renaissance Studies, 34.2 (2020), 228–42
‘Diogo Bernardes’s Brandura’, MLQ, 78.4 (2017), 465-89
‘‘O What Words Can Do!’: Rhetoric and the Moral Ambiguities of António Ferreira’s Castro’, Portuguese Studies, 33.1 (2017), 7-21
‘Problemas de género n’O Lima de Diogo Bernardes: A questão do mecenato’, Veredas, 23 (2015), 127-44
(accepted and forthcoming) ‘The Scribes of the Old Pillory: Hired Hands and their Customers in Sixteenth-Century Lisbon’, in Neil Kenny, ed., Literature, Learning, and Social Hierarchy in Early Modern Europe (Oxford: Proceedings of the British Academy, expected 2022)
(accepted and forthcoming) ‘Faria e Sousa e o empréstimo poético nas Divinas y humanas flores (1624)’, in Un polígrafo portugués en la Monarquía Hispánica. Manuel de Faria e Sousa (1590-1649), ed. by Aude Plagnard and Joseph Roussiès (Madrid: Calambur, expected 2022)
‘Beyond Comprehension: Language, Identity and the Transnational in Gil Vicente’s Theatre’, in Hilary Owen and Claire Williams, eds, Transnational Portuguese Studies (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020), pp. 167–82
‘Eu serei então um bárbaro?’: Art, Desire, and Artistic Belonging in Mário de Sá-Carneiro’, in Fernando Beleza and Simon Park, eds, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, A Cosmopolitan Modernist (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016), pp. 91-112
Mário de Sá-Carneiro, ‘Beyond-Boredom & That Other One’, Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies, 1 (2017)
Helena Buescu, ‘Small Holocausts: The Devastation of the Self’, in Stephen Parkinson and Cláudia Pazos Alonso, eds, Reading Literature in Portuguese (Oxford: Legenda, 2013)
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