Last Wednesday the Centre for Brazilian Studies hosted the presentation of the book “Manuel Bandeira in Pasargada”, edited by Professor Ascensión Rivas Hernández and published by Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca.

The poetry of Manuel Bandeira

The poetry of Manuel Bandeira

The book is the outcome of the Literary Conference held in October 2014 in collaboration with the Brazilian Academy of Letters and has received the full support and sponsorship of the Regional Government of Castile and Leon and the Spanish-Brazilian Cultural Foundation. Manuel Bandeira (Recife, Pernambuco, 1886 – Río de Janeiro, 1968) is one of the most important lyricists of Brazil, if not the most important, should we accept the informed opinion of José Guilherme Merquior. Translator, essayist, literary critic and poet, Bandeira was part of the “Generatio of 1922” or the “First Generation of Brazilian Modernism”.  Knowledgeable in the poetry of his country, in French symbolism and German romanticism, and in Portuguese tradition, he cultivated a personal style that he adorned with a vast culture. Bandeira is the author of a vast number of works. Some of his better known poetic works include: A Cinza das Horas (1917), Carnaval (1919), O Ritmo Dissoluto(1924), Libertinagem (1930) y Estrela da noite (1936). His prose comprises biographies, chronicles, theoretic works on Brasilian and Latin American literature, and an extraordinary book, Itinerário de Pasárgada (1954), a literary biography, the first of its kind published in Brazil, which is essential to understanding not only the intellectual evolution of Bandeira, but to understanding the history of Brazilian poetry and even the overall literature of the country.

With a title considered highly characteristic of the author and at the same time metaphorical, the book invites us to position this poet within that privileged and extraordinary city, constructed by him as a place of refuge in the face of life’s difficulties. Within these pages, the reader will find general works on Banderia and his literary contributions and presence in the History of Brazilian Literature or his Brazilianism, his Portuguese roots, his translations of foreign authors, his debts with French poetry, his relationship with Spanish language, European and American literature, his readings of the classics, his affinity with cinema, or the importance of Pasargada in his life and works. And at the same time, the reader will find commentaries on poems which explain the profound knowledge he had of other cultures and the importance of death in his works, not to mention the transcendence of some of his works in prose.

The poetry of Manuel Bandeira



Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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