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  • 51.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    A conversão de D. José Brandão de Castro: a ação social de mediadores religiosos na Diocese de Propriá2004Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation looked for to study the charisma of the religious mediator us " Movements of Christianity of Liberation " in the Diocese Sergipana of Propriá, during the decade from sixty to eighty. Centering our debate in the understanding of the social action, we have as main subject to understand the " poor " influence in the adoption of actions on the part of the mediators, in that public's favor, mainly in Fazenda Betume conflicts (1974) and of Santana dos Frades (1979). The hypotheses, we became pregnant that the mediators as D. José Brandão de Castro and the nun Maria Joana Hermínia exercised an important influence in the construction of the identity of the movements as CEBs, MEB and CPT in the area. Such influence was motivated by a conversion of the mediator D. Brandão, constituted starting from a relationship maintained between him and the members of the movements and proportionate for the critics and demands done by the popular ones. They resulted in actions in favor of the rural ones, what characterized the Church of Propriá as allied of the involved in the conflicts and no mere middleman. Before the collected material, we made use of the Analysis of Content using the poor " term " as analysis category, complemented by interviews done to members of the mentioned movements. Esta dissertação buscou estudar o carisma do mediador religioso nos “Movimentos de Cristianismo de Libertação” na Diocese Sergipana de Propriá, durante a década de sessenta a oitenta. Centrando nosso debate na compreensão da ação social, temos como questão principal entender a influência dos “pobres” na adoção de ações por parte do mediador, em favor desse público, principalmente nos conflitos da Fazenda Betume (1974) e de Santana dos Frades (1979). Como hipóteses, concebemos que os mediadores como D. José Brandão de Castro e a freira Maria Joana Hermínia exerceram uma importante influência na construção da identidade dos movimentos como as CEBs, o MEB e a CPT na região. Tal influência foi motivada por uma conversão do mediador D. Brandão, constituída a partir de uma relação mantida entre ele e os membros dos movimentos e proporcionada pelas críticas e demandas feita pelos populares. Elas resultaram em ações em favor dos campesinos, o que caracterizou a Igreja de Propriá como aliada dos envolvidos nos conflitos e não mera intermediária. Ante o material coletado, fizemos uso da Análise de Conteúdo utilizando o termo “pobre” como categoria de análise, complementada por entrevistas feitas à membros dos movimentos citados.

  • 52.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    A Dimensão intercultural no ensino de português para estrangeiros na Suécia: uma análise dos cursos de cultura baseados na web (EBW)2013In: II Jornadas Pedagógicas de Português: As variedades do Português no ensino de Português Língua Materna e Estrangeira / [ed] Romanska och Klassica Instituition -SU Folkuniversitete, 2013Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [pt]

    O propósito desta comunicação é discutir os possiveis caminhos que poderão nortear a construção de ementas e a seleção de material bibiográfico nos cursos oferecidos em português, para estudantes  suecos, pela Universidade de Dalarna. A questão principal é a de como desenvolver um curso que discuta a questão da identidade brasileira e de como estabelecer pontes de discussões que demonstrem ou exemplifiquem a realidade brasileira partindo do estudo dos clássicos das Ciências Sociais? Uma forma de propiciar tal análise é realizar um estudo sobre como o estudante percebe sua experiência em sala, mediante uma análise de cunho fenomenográfica. Para tanto, foi analisado o curso de Brasil Contemporâneo (PR1012), da Universidade de Dalarna (Pruth, 2013).  O curso é oferecido na modalidade EBW (educação baseada na web) e faz parte da graduação em Português (Português I), da Universidade de Dalarna, campus Falun. A metodologia utilizada partiu de uma análise das avaliações do curso feitas pelos estudantes, no ano de 2011-2012. Estas constituem-se de questionários respondidos pelos alunos e disponíveis ao professor, na plataforma Fronter. No questionário, os estudantes responderam questões relativas ao conteúdo, as aulas ministrada e a relação estabelecida entre o professor e os mesmos. As conclusões alcançadas e fundamentadas na análise do questionários  apontam para uma necessidade de uma sistematização do conteúdo e de uma melhor exposição do mesmo. Os estudantes suecos têm uma percepção primeira sobre a realidade brasileira e que, ao se defrontar com a literatura do curso, leva-os a reverem e a redefinirem a imagem que os mesmos tinham sobre o Brasil. Entretanto, os problemas relativos ao conteúdo acadêmco dos textos, apontam para a necessidade de desenvolvimento e formento de trabalhos em grupos que auxiliam os estudantes na aprendizagem.

    Palavras chaves: Curso à distancia, Brasil Contemporâneo, Universidades Suecas

  • 53.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    A lideranca Pedagógica do Professor nos Cursos de Idioma à Distância2012In: Cadernos do Tempo Presente, ISSN 2179-2143, no 9Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how teacher’s leadership can be used as a teaching method in language course distance. The environments that offer online courses provide a wide field for discussion of the contact teacher and student. My intention is to contribute to debate on teacher’s leadership in online courses. In my earlier studies on leadership, I have had as objective to investigate how leadership can affect different social movement in Brazil that was active under the military dictatorship (1964-1985). By examining the three tip of legitimacy described by Weber (1964), I could make an overview of the tip of the leadership that was characterized by religious leaders. Thus, I examine how teacher leadership, as a vehicle for their message can use their educational leadership skills to get students to achieve learning outcomes in their course. This issue is part of the research project “Teaching Methods in web-based language teaching-mapping” and it´s financed by NGL-center from the Dalarna University.

  • 54.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    A transcultural analysis of the construction of social movements’ identity in Brazil: the construction of identity within social movements such as the Christian Base Communities (CBCs), the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT) and the Movimento de Educação Popular (MEB), in Brazil2014In: List of Abstracts for Conference Transcultural Identity Constructions in a Changing World Dalarna University, Sweden, April 2-4, 2014, Falun: Högskolan Dalarna, 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This presentation will analyze the construction of identity within social movements such as the Christian Base Communities (CBCs), the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT) and the Movimento de Educação Popular (MEB), in Brazil. This analysis of identity uses a transcultural perspective. It is based on my master dissertation that discussed how two catholic leaders influenced the construction of identity within these movements. The movements were involved in many conflicts over land ownership in Propriá, Sergipe, from 1970 to 1985. The primary question in the dissertation was on the one hand how the charisma (Weber, 2000) of the religious leaders Maria Herminia Gogo and the bishop D. Brandão de Castro exerted influence on the construction of identity within these movements. On the other hand it discussed how the demand of the poor and their critique influenced the religious leaders´ position.  The collected material consisted of the letters, written texts, newspaper articles, and Bishop José Brandão’s diary in which he recounts his experience with the conflicts over land. I made use of the Analysis of Content (Bardin, 1977) and complemented with interviews with members of the mentioned movements. The conclusion was that the participation of the leaders in conflicts and the criticisms received lead to a redefinition of identity of religious leaders and movements.

  • 55.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Problemas e Desafios na Implementação do Ensino Superior à Distância Sueco e Brasileiro:: notas para uma reflexão sociológica sobre a produção científica sueco-brasileira sobre o tema.2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 56.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Teacher’s leadership in web-based language courses in Dalarna University, Sweden2012In: International conference “ICT for Language Learning”: Conference Proceedings, Florence, Italy: Libreriauniversitaria.it , 2012, p. 411-413Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this presentation is to discuss how teacher’s leadership can be used as a teaching method in web based language education. The environments that offer online courses provide a wide field for discussion on the contact between teacher and student. My intention is to contribute to the debate on teacher leadership in online courses. In my earlier studies on leadership, I have explored how some religious leaders affected different social movements in Brazil during the military dictatorship (1964-1985). Pruth (2004) by examining the three kinds of legitimacy described by Max Weber I aimed at seeing and analyzing how religious leaders used different teaching methods to explain their messages to ordinary citizens. Thus my research showed how educational leadership is a way to get people to reach their goals. I became interested in the subject teacher’s leadership whenI participated in a survey of the teaching methods of language courses in Dalarna University which is funded by the NGL Center of Dalarna University. In  this project, we have made interviews with the teachers, undertaken the course plans (in the language department at Dalarna University) and categorized the learning outcomes. A questionnaire was constructed based on the learning outcomes and then either sent out remotely to teachers or completed face to face through interviews. The answers provided to the questionnaires enabled the  project to identify many differences in how language teachers interact with their students but  also, the way of giving feedback, motivating and helping students, types of class activities and materials used. This made me aware of how teachers use their leadership or not in their teaching. My focus is to look at the relationship between teachers and students as an important part of the development and quality of online courses. The teacher's performance on campus is different from online courses. I want to understand how the contact between teachers and students in online courses develop and look at how students can make use of this contact and what influence the teacher's leadership has on the ability for the students to achieve the goals of their course

  • 57.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Uma avaliacão fenomenográfica dos cursos suecos baseados na web2013In: Revista FACISA ON-LINE, ISSN 2238-8524, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to discuss the evaluation of a higher education course offered by a Swedish university. The article is based on a review of the assessments made ​​by students in the years 2011-2012: the content of the course and the lessons, and the relationship between the teacher and the students. The course analyzed is Contemporary Brazil, at the University of Dalarna. The course is offered as part of the EBW (Web Based Education) and undergraduate Portuguese. The conclusions reached, based on the analysis of the questionnaires, indicate a need of systematization of the content and better exposure of the content to the students. The students, a majority of them not from Brazil, had a limited perception of the reality in Brazil before entering the course. When confronted with the course literature, the perception and image of Brazil was reviewed and redefined. However, the evaluations point at the need to develop and promote group works and discussions that helps the student to grasp and understand the course literature. This is an important challenge for web based education in Swedish higher education.

  • 58.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Uma Comparação Fenomenográfica das Pesquisas Científicas sobre o Ensino de Sociologia na Rede Escolar Sueca e Pública Brasileira2013In: III Encontro Nacional sobre o Ensino de Sociologia na Educação Básica 31 de maio a 03 de junho de 2013, Fortaleza (CE): GT2- FORMAÇÃO DE PROFESSORES DE CIÊNCIAS SOCIAIS, UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO CEARÁ , 2013, p. 1-13Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper is a study on the theoretical and methodological perspectives on teaching degree in Social Sciences in Brazil and Sweden. Prioritizing an analysis of the themes, theories and conclusions of the thesis written in English, Swedish and Portuguese on the subject, I present hypertext links a literature review on the topic, produced in the period 2006-2012.

  • 59.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Uma Comparação Fenomenográfica das Pesquisas Científicas sobre o Ensino de Sociologia na Rede Escolar Sueca e Pública Brasileira2013In: Revista Inter-Legere, ISSN 1982-1662, no 13, p. 284-297Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents a survey of the theoretical and methodological perspectives on teacher training in the field of sociology in Brazil and social science in Sweden. The article presents a review of academic papers on the subject produced over the period 2006-2012. The focus of the analysis is the themes, theories and conclusions of master and doctoral thesis written in Swedish and Portuguese on the subject.

  • 60. Reite, Torun
    et al.
    Jon-And, Anna
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. Stockholms universitet.
    Oral Portuguese in Maputo from a diachronic perspective – diffusion of linguistic innovations in a language shift scenario2016In: 45th LSRL Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages volume, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 61.
    Saito, Rieko
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Hayakawa Thor, Masako
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Mizufune, Yoko
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Inose, Hiroko
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    López-Cordero, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Spanish.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Pedagogical Methods in Web-Based Language Teaching2014In: Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Computers in Education / [ed] Liu, C.-C., Japan: ICCE 2014 Organizing Committee , 2014, , p. 5p. 768-772Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper presents a research project that is being conducted at Dalarna University in Sweden. The aim is to study the following: 1) The quality of online language education compared with that of campus education, and 2) Advantages and disadvantages of online language education and how the disadvantages might be overcome. The project consists of two parts: pedagogical methods in online language education from the teachers’ point of view and from the students’ point of view. The first part was conducted in 2012 and various characteristics (benefits and difficulties) of online language education were identified. Flexibility and wider opportunities were general benefits, while lack of physical co-presence, difficulty in having lively debates/discussions, and high dropout rates were among the problems. The second part of the project (being conducted in 2014) aims to investigate how students experience online language learning. The goal is to explore alignments and misalignments between teachers’ perspectives and students’ perspectives, and to develop methods to enhance the quality of online education.

  • 62.
    Saito, Rieko
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Pruth, Alex
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    Inose, Hiroko
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Mizufune, Yoko
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Hayakawa Thor, Masako
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
    Pedagogical methods in web-based language teaching-mapping2012Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the research project progress in “the mapping of pedagogical methods in web-based language teaching" by Högskolan Dalarna (Dalarna University). This project will identify the differences in pedagogical methods that are used for online language classes. The pedagogical method defined in this project is what the teachers do to ensure students attain the learning outcomes, for example, planning, designing courses, leading students, knowing students' abilities, implementing activities, etc. So far the members of this project have analyzed the course plans (in the language department at Dalarna University) and categorized the learning outcomes. A questionnaire was constructed based on the learning outcomes and then either sent out remotely to teachers or completed face to face through interviews. The answers provided to the questionnaires enabled the project to identify many differences in how language teachers interact with their students but also, the way of giving feedback, motivating and helping students, types of class activities and materials used. This presentation introduces the progress of the project and identifies the challenges at the language department at Dalarna University. Finally, the advantages and problems of online language proficiency courses will be discussed and suggestions made for future improvement.

  • 63.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    A Collection of Stories from a Finalist of the Booker Prize: The Reception of Julian Barnes’s Short Fiction in Portugal2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 64.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Chimaera - Translated Texts 09 - Contar um Conto2014Collection (editor) (Refereed)
  • 65.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Experimentalism and Intermediality in Gabriel Josipovici's Fictional Work2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 66.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Experimentalism and Intermediality in the Fictional Work of Gabriel Josipovici: Reading Making Mistakes2012Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 67.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Good artists copy, great artists steal: On the Pictorial Cannibalism of Gabriel Josipovici2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 68.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Memories of Delirium: Traces of Arnold Schoenberg’s String Trio in Gabriel Josipovici’s Everything Passes2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 69.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Music into art into text: Klee’s Wander-Artist in Josipovici’s Goldberg: Variations2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The presence of music in Gabriel Josipovici’s novel, Goldberg: Variations (2002), is clear at onset as it establishes an obvious allusion to Bach’s colon-less Goldberg Variations. The reference naturally moves beyond the title as Josipovici appropriates the well-known anecdote in Johann Sebastian Bach’s life and transposes it to an English country house in the 1800s. A constellation of allusions to this episode from Bach’s life informs the novel throughout and it becomes ever more evident that music is bound to play an important role in the economy of the novel. This is particular noticeable on Chapter 18 where two characters reflect at length on the notion of the fugue and “its metaphorical potential”.

    And yet, the full scope of the metaphorical potential of the fugue can only be fully grasped in connection to Paul Klee’s figure of the wandering artist, which seems to be in the text an iconic metaphor for that which we can only glimpse briefly at a certain moment in time and which is lost once we try to apprehend it.

    Drawing on this, this paper shall examine, on a first stage, how Klee’s Wander-Artist enables music to be translated into words, acting as it does as a metaphor for the way the text uses the notion of the fugue to explore the limits of what is sayable and understandable, and then reflect, on a latter stage, on how the figure of the wandering artist affects the text, allowing it to convey what otherwise would be left unsaid. 

  • 70.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Musicalization and Self-Reflexivity: The Case of Gabriel Josipovici’s "Fuga"2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 71.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Narrative Strategies and Intermedial Devices in Gabriel Josipovici’s In the fertile Land2014In: La Revue LISA, ISSN 1762-6153, E-ISSN 1762-6153, Vol. XII, no 2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Even though his novelistic work by far exceeds his output in short fiction, Gabriel Josipovici’s contribution to this genre is nothing less than significant. This investigation focuses on the third of his collections of short stories, In the Fertile Land (1987). The motifs and narrative techniques in Josipovici’s work are wide-ranging and display a great variety of thematic concerns. Yet, this collection of short stories seems to demonstrate a particular emphasis on two recurrent features in Josipovici’s oeuvre: the presence of a metafictional dimension and an intermedial aspect in his writing. In proposing this double emphasis, the notions of metafiction and intermediality are initially discussed in the context of a close reading of one of the stories in the collection, “Brothers” (1983). The study of this four-page story focuses on how the structure of the text not only incorporates a violation of narrative levels which acts as a metafictional strategy, but also on how that same disruption is linked with Karlheinz Stockhausen’s musical techniques. In “Brothers” one finds these two features of Josipovici’s writing working simultaneously as a means of foregrounding the text’s own linguistic and textual premises. Following the survey of “Brothers” as a self-reflexive text, this study aims to argue for the particular relevance of In the Fertile Land in Josipovici’s oeuvre because of its varied and systematic use of these two characteristic features in his writing, which in turn call attention to the narrative process itself, a concern that pervades both the author’s fictional and non-fictional work.

  • 72.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    The Paintings of Goldberg: Variations, or how art translates music into words2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 73.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    The Song not the Singer: Disrupted Narrative Voice in Gabriel Josipovici’s Mobius the Stripper2011Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 74.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    “The windows are moved once a guest has looked through them”: The architecture of the transitory in Gabriel Josipovici’s narrative2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The British writer Gabriel Josipovici, well-known – even if in often unfortunate deprecatory terms – for his so-called experimentalism, published in 1987 his third collection of his short stories, In the Fertile Land. The collection contains eighteen short stories where the full range of the author’s concerns and modes of expression can be found, but most significantly it displays a particular emphasis on one of the most characteristic features of his oeuvre: the intermedial dimension of his writing. Indeed, we find stories which we can relate to artists as different as Vermeer, Klee, Vuillard, Picasso, Dix and Verbena, too name a few.

    And yet, in “Second Person Looking Out”, one of the most notable stories of the collection, the shift changes from art to architecture. The story is a tripartite text written in first, third and second person, where the seemingly co-referential protagonists of each section try to find their way in and out of a house with sliding doors and windows. In a later essay, Josipovici confirms the crucial importance which the house plays in the structure of his story as he refers to the remarks of the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen on Japanese architecture as the starting-point of his story: “He [Stockhausen] grew fascinated by the Japanese use of sliding doors and windows, which had the effect, he said in the interview, of blurring the threshold between inside and outside”.

    Drawing on this, this paper shall seek to explore how the different sense of time and space which had earlier enticed Stockausen is then appropriated by Josipovici, focusing on the way the author not only uses Stockhausen’s anecdote as a stimulus for his story, but indeed bases the very narrative structure of the text precisely on this interplay between an inner and outer dimension. In the end, we shall see how this narrative structure of architectural nature contributes to an exploration and celebration of the transitory and interstitial.

  • 75.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Translating Experimentalism and Intertextuality: The Cases of Gabriel Josipovici and Philip Terry2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In 2013 a new literary prize was launched in Britain under the motto “fiction at its most novel”. The Goldsmiths Prize openly aimed “to celebrate the qualities of creative daring” and “to reward fiction that breaks the mould or opens up new possibilities” for the form. In its first edition, Gabriel Josipovici (1940–), known as much for his critical work as for his so-called “experimental” writing, was one of the four judges whereas Philip Terry (1962–) ended up being one of the six authors shortlisted for the prize. However, this is not the first time their paths crossed. Not only has Josipovici contributed to Terry’s acclaimed anthology of short stories based on Ovid, but the work of both is generally characterised by a deep concern with formal innovation and a continuous weaving of other texts into their narratives.

    With this in mind, the aim of the paper is to present the current work around the translation of two short stories: “A Glass of Water” (2000) by Gabriel Josipovici and “Void” (2000) by Philip Terry. While centring the discussion on the challenges and questions which the experimental and intertextual aspects of the stories raise in terms of translation, the paper will also focus on providing an overview of each author’s contribution to the short story genre and on demonstrating how the selected stories are particularly relevant and illustrative of each author’s work.

  • 76.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Unnatural Narrative: Some Notes on the Experimentalism of B. S. Johnson’s The Unfortunates2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    B. S. Johnson’s notoriously experimental book in a box, The Unfortunates, published in 1969, is certainly more famous for the boldness of its format than the depth of its contents, if remembered at all. Having remained largely unknown to the wider reading public, it was hailed as “one of the lost masterpieces of the sixties” by Jonathan Coe, whose prize-winning biography, Like a Fiery Elephant (2004), led to a growing interest in Johnson’s work.

    The Unfortunates is made of a first and last section, clearly marked as such, plus twenty-five sections in between, designed to be read in any order the reader chooses. The book tells the story of a sports journalist, sent to Nottingham to cover a football match, only to find his mind haunted by memories of one his closest friends, now gone, tragically taken by cancer.

    Drawing on recent studies on unnatural narrative, an important new area of research within what David Herman has defined as postclassical narratology, our study will seek not only to place the experimentalist structure of the novel in the theoretical framework of those studies, but also to focus on how its format replicates the unpredictable workings of the mind. In the end, our aim is to the address the random order of the unbound chapters not as a simple formal trick, but as a tangible metaphor for the randomness of memory as one meditates on friendship, death and loss.

  • 77.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    Walking by the Ouse’s Muddy Bank: The Presence of Virginia Woolf in the Work of Gabriel Josipovici2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 78.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    “Wanting everything, he is left with nothing”: The mise en abyme of paradoxical duplication in Gabriel Josipovici’s Goldberg: Variations2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Gabriel Josipovici’s novel, Goldberg: Variations (2002), establishes at onset an immediate connection to music as it alludes to Bach’s colon-less Goldberg Variations. The reference naturally moves beyond the title as Josipovici appropriates the well-known anecdote in Johann Sebastian Bach’s life and transposes it to an English country house in the 1800s. In the novel, Goldberg is not a harpsichordist, but rather a jobbing writer of Jewish origin, whose task is to write during the day in the hope of later at night sending to sleep Tobias Westfield, an insomniac aristocrat.

    A constellation of allusions to this episode from Bach’s life informs the novel throughout, and together with other multiple musical references (there are, for instance, reflections on the notions of polyphony and fugue in different chapters of the novel), it becomes clear that music is bound to play an important role in the economy of the novel. But nowhere is this more evident than in Chapter 16, when Josipovici yet again draws on Bach and restages his The Musical Offering, with Goldberg offering a series of literary treatments of one theme. This variation-based structure of the chapter reflects the macrostructure of the novel as a whole and can thus be taken seen as a mise en abyme, for it seems “to contain the work that actually contains it”, as Juliana de Nooy concisely put it.

    Drawing on this, this paper shall seek to explore how the trope of the mise en abyme of paradoxical duplication operates in Josipovici’s novel, focusing on a first stage on the way that duplication takes place and then reflecting on the thematic implications which the use of that literary device enacts on the text.

  • 79.
    Semiao, Mario
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese. University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies.
    “We call this the stem stitch”: Embroidered Narrative in Philip Terry’s Tapestry2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Shortlisted for the first edition of the Goldsmith Prize, which aims to reward innovative works of fiction, Tapestry (2013) takes the Bayeux Tapestry as its starting point. While the framing narrative of the text appropriates the historical account of the Norman conquest and the creation of the tapestry by English nuns under the supervision of Bishop Odo, half-brother to William the Conqueror, the novel also explores the myriad of images found in the margins of the tapestry and transposes them into stories told by the nuns to each other in the process of stitching.

    The Bayeux Tapestry (which technically is not a tapestry, but rather a work of embroidery, as the narrator makes sure to remind us) informs the very structure of the novel, not only as it mirrors the double depiction of both the historical events and the hidden stories in the marginalia, but also in the way a mixture of invented Middle English, Oulipian techniques and magic realism is able to convey the sense of colour and texture which characterise the famous tapestry.

    Drawing on this, this paper will thus seek to provide a reading of Terry’s novel, focusing on how the text produces its own version of an embroidered narrative and on how that narrative ultimately paves the way for a reflection on our notions of art and history.

  • 80.
    Wallin, Max
    Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Portuguese.
    O uso do objeto direto anafórico em Cabinda, Angola2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis treats the use of the anaphoric direct object in Cabinda. Cabinda is a region in Angola in which the Portuguese language is omnipresent since some decades while it before that was mainly used by the Portuguese colonizers. Today, the younger generations speak Portuguese to some extent while the older speak little or no Portuguese. In this thesis, the four options of describing the anaphoric direct object in the Portuguese language in Cabinda is investigated through statistical analyzes of transcribed interviews with Cabinda students. Theories on linguistic contact are used to analyze and discuss the findings from the statistical analyses. It’s proved that the Angolan variety of Portuguese does follow neither the Brazilian nor the European norm but shows a unique configuration that indicates that some sort of language contact has been occurring. The extent of the language contact is difficult to measure from only this thesis, but the language contact has induced some language change.

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