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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Professor Maria Manuel Lisboa

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Professor of Portuguese Literature and Culture
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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St John's College
St John's Street


Maria Manuel Lisboa specializes in Portuguese and Brazilian Literature from the nineteenth century to the present as well as some aspects of the visual arts, focusing on gender, religion and national identity. She has published articles in all these areas as well as seven books: one on Machado de Assis (Brazil), two on Eça de Queirós (Portugal), two on Paula Rego (Portugal), one on themes of heresy and heterodoxy in literature (Portugal) and one on comparative themes in literature and film. She has also written articles on Mozambican literature and one on a French author. Her monograph, The End of the World: Apocalypse and its Aftermath in Western Culture, focused on the theme of apocalypse in English, American, Portuguese and Brazilian literature and film and featured in a University News article: 'Thinking the Unthinkable'.

Her second monograph on Eça de Queirós was the winner of the Prémio do Grémio Literário in Portugal in 2008. She was also one of the winners of the IV International Essay Competition in Brazil (Prêmio Itamaraty de Literatura Brasileira 2012 for an essay on the work of Lygia Fagundes Telles.

She has recently published a volume on the work of the artist Paula Rego: Essays on Paula Rego: Smile When You think about Hell (2019). and contributed an essay to the volume published by Tate Britain on the occasion of the retrospective in honour of Paula Rego’s work (14 June – 24 October 2021).

She is now beginning work on a monograph on national identity and metaphors of madness and illness in Portuguese Literature.

Professor Lisboa welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to her interests.


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Professor Maria Manuel Lisboa's publications.