Pessoan Studies


The acquisition of knowledge concerning Fernando Pessoa's work and its critical tradition will be accompanied by the development of skills of analysis of the literary and critical text. Students will exercise the practice of an autonomous bibliographic research, as support to the development of readings of Pessoa's work and of the main arguments by the critics.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Pedro Miguel Pimentel Sepúlveda de Gouveia Teixeira


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 168

Teaching language



Not applicable


Coelho, Jacinto do Prado. Diversidade e Unidade em Fernando Pessoa. 12.ª edição. Lisboa: Verbo, 2007.
Feijó, António M. Uma admiração pastoril pelo diabo (Pessoa e Pascoaes). Pessoana. Ensaios. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 2015.
Lourenço, Eduardo. Pessoa Revisitado. Crítica Pessoana I (1949-1982). Obras Completas de Eduardo Lourenço. Vol. IX. Coordenação, introdução e notas de Pedro Sepúlveda. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2020
Martins, Fernando Cabral (coord.). Dicionário de Fernando Pessoa e do Modernismo Português. Lisboa: Caminho, 2008.
---- Introdução ao Estudo de Fernando Pessoa. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim, 2014.
Monteiro, Adolfo Casais. A Poesia de Fernando Pessoa. Organização de José Blanco. 2.ª edição. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 1999.
Sepúlveda, Pedro. Os livros de Fernando Pessoa. Ensaística Pessoana. Lisboa: Ática, 2013.

Teaching method

Teaching methodology combines lecture and discussion of texts assigned for each class.


Evaluation method

The preparation of the assignments for each class and class participation is a relevant element of the evaluation(10%), Students should write two essays: one regarding a poem, in form of a written test(40%), and a second one analyzing a topic of Pessoa Studies of their choice, related to what was discussed in class(50%)

Subject matter

The study of the several aspects of Pessoa's work will be articulated with the analysis of the main contributions of critical tradition, from the critics of the Presença review to recent debates in Pessoa Studies. The analysis of examples of the diferent genres of the work (heteronymic and orthonymic poetry, fictional and dramatic prose, criticism, correspondence, philosophical and esoteric texts, editorial projects and plans) will be supported by the discussion of critical standpoints regarding the main questions involved (different notions of literature, authorship, the book, notions of edition or the fragment). This analysis will give particular emphasis to the specific position of each text within the whole of the work – deriving from its chronology, the writing circumstances or authorial attribution –, as well as their relation to other literary and philosophical texts of modernity.


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