Fronteiras do Conhecimento
With the collection Frontiers of Knowledge, the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa (ILC) intends to divulge the outcome of the research developed within the scientific program Literature and Frontiers of Knowledge: Politics of Inclusion. The books published in this collection are a result of the theoretical and critical reflection undertaken both by the ILC members and by the other renowned researchers around the three fields of action that have characterized the activities of the Centre along the last two decades: INTER7TRANSCULTURALITIES, INTERMEDIALITIES and INTERSEXUALITIES.
Recurring to concepts and notions such as Memory, Exile, Gender, Sexualities, Human or Community, Frontiers of Knowledge aims at developing new ways for critically approaching transdisciplinary, interdiscursive and interartistic relations, thus re-locating Literature and its study within a truly interdisciplinary scientific community towards an inclusive society.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, it became frequent for poets to associate verbal creation with other artistic expressions. Whereas the exploration of intermedial and transmedial relations has become more common in contemporary creation, in the 20th century there were already many authors who practised multiple crafts, at one moment turning to written poetry, at another one working with the plastic or the moving image, and at other ones dedicating themselves to other types of activities. We propose to read some of these authors who are plural and diversified in the languages they resort to, and we use the expression multiple crafts to describe these creators’ resort to a multiplicity of creative means.
Multiple crafts authors make us reassess the system of the arts: by emphasising diverse possibilities of intersection of forms, by challenging the tacit frontiers which separate the means (or actually stopping to separate them), they make us give a new relevance to works which were often less valued since they belonged, simultaneously, to several arts and to none. Directly integrated in the project Literature and Frontiers of Knowledge, politics of inclusion, developed by the Institute for Comparative Literature Margarida Losa, this research describes a multiple crossing of limits. It is concerned with challenging the epistemological division between the arts and experimenting forms of convergence: it is less about the confirmation of the separations than about their transgression, or even their fading. And not due to contempt for the differences, but to a greater attention given to the specificity of the means and of their combinations.
Joana Matos Frias
Rosa Maria Martelo
Dezembro de 2017