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Humberto Brito


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Humberto Brito

Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Humberto Brito is returning to Stanford as visiting lecturer from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal where he lectures in the Portuguese and Lusophone Studies Department. He received his B.A. in Lingustics and his PhD in Literary Theory from the Universitdad de Lisboa. He then received the Primeiras Teses, a national award for the best dissertation in Literary Studies. Dr. Brito is the co-editor of Forma de Vida, an online journal and has edited three books. He is currently authoring Pessoa Obliquo, a book of essays on Fernando Pessoa. He has also been involved in organizing the annual Colloquium of the Philosophy and Literature Network since its inception.


ILAC 281 Fernando Pessoa's Five forms of Anxiety

Ethics, politics, and philosophy in the poetry of Fernando Pessoa. A close analysis of five forms of anxiety that pervade Fernando Pessoa¿s poetry: 1) that you are a person; 2) that you are one person; 3) that you are yourself; 4) that your life can be wasted; and 5) that others may fail to understand you. How do these forms of anxiety shape Pessoa¿s style(s), his system of heteronyms, his interest in certain literary forms (such as esoteric and prophetic literature), and his perception of the Portuguese cultural and geohistorical context? Readings available in English and Portuguese. Taught in English.