Category: Essays

Kids of Immigrants: The Negotiation of Internal and External Dual National Identities

Born in a country different than that of your parents can give you a richer perspective of the world. Trying to understand, and conclude, who you are internally…

The Lusíadas as a Historical Document: Extracting Portugal, the Portuguese, Love and Prophecy from the Epic Poem

Os Luísadas (1572) by Luís Vaz de Camões (1524/5?-1580) is an epic poem that immortalised Vasco da Gama and the Portuguese sea voyages to India via Southern Africa…

A Comparative Look at Human Behaviour Through José Saramago’s Blindness and the Covid-19 Pandemic

During the global lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic there has been an increase of interest in the literature of epidemics.[1] Albert Camus’ La Peste (1947) has been…

The Return of Dom Sebastião?

In May 2016, a small statue of Dom Sebastião, situated on a walled-pedestal in between two doorways of the ornate neo-Manueline Rossio (Lisbon) train station, was destroyed by…