Professor Simon Park

Research

Simon’s research examines literature written across the Portuguese Empire in the early modern period. He is keen to explore writers and ideas that literary history has overlooked, showing, for instance, how a writer like Diogo Bernardes might offer us a new perspective on the past and spark delight in the present or demonstrating how Portuguese writers (much to many an early modern scholar’s surprise) influenced those beyond Portugal’s borders. He is currently working on a book, provisionally entitled From Paper to Gold: Poets, Patrons, and Printers in Sixteenth-Century Portugal, that brings back to life the struggles poets faced in getting powerful people to recognise their work as valuable (both in abstract and financial terms). 

Simon is also interested in Portuguese Modernism(s) and recently edited a book on and translated some poetry by Mário de Sá-Carneiro.

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