New librettos: #23, #24 and #25
April 2019 marked the centenary of the birth of the writer Fernando Namora (1919-1989), one of the unavoidable figures of 20th-century Portuguese literature. This event was the starting point, through the tribute to the author, for the organization of a Colloquium dedicated to the interface between Literature and Medicine and its deeply humanistic roots. […]
In the 21st century, other Portuguese physician-writers have contributed, in works of very diverse character, to an approximation between the so-called “scientific culture” and the Humanities. The permanent encounter with the “Other”, which medical practice implies, is propitious to restlessness and multiple questionings about the human condition.
Between osmosis and the absence of “traces”, the relations between literature and medicine manifest themselves in very varied ways and to different degrees. […] Some texts [published in this e-book] fit generically into the studies of Namorian work, while others, responding to the challenge set, reflect on global aspects of the relationships between literature and medicine, constituting important direct testimonies on the personal experience of the exercise of medicine and literary writing.
Libretto #24 – Around Travels and other Displacements
In this libretto it was of interest, above all, to take an object of attention texts that privilege the gaze, the personal experience. Each traveler selects aspects, moments of what he saw since a holistic vision is not possible. He selects from memory, from notes, from drawings, from photographs, what he feels is most effective in his narrative. They are unique looks at landscapes other than those of the travelers’ origin, landscapes that may coincide with those of many other travelers, but not the looks.
At a time when our society – where gender equality is consensual and legally consigned – is shaken by the realization that many of the stereotypes and prejudices of two centuries ago are still alive and that incomprehensible practices of exclusion and violence still take place today, returning to the adultery novels of the 19th century and the issues raised in them seems pertinent.