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Narratives of power and resistance in Jorge de Sena’s O Físico Prodigioso

Atkin, Rhian 2015. Narratives of power and resistance in Jorge de Sena’s O Físico Prodigioso. Ellipsis 13 , pp. 13-32.

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This article examines Jorge de Sena’s interrogation of power and resistance in O Físico Prodigioso (1966). While the second half of the novella functions as a clear allegory for the Portuguese and Brazilian dictatorships of the mid-twentieth century, political oppression and repression are in fact deeply ingrained in Sena’s vision of society. The apparent freedom that is witnessed before and after dictatorship is not (and cannot be) universal, because for Sena even the power of discourse holds the potential for oppression. Drawing on Foucault’s work, the article posits that O Físico Prodigioso’s shifting narrative functions as a call for continual resistance against oppression in all of its forms.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PQ Romance literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords: Destabilization, freedom, Foucault, dictatorship, Portugal
Language other than English: Portuguese
Publisher: American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA)
ISSN: 1935-0791
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 10 June 2015
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2020 06:37

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