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Biography

Since retiring as Senior Lecturer in Portuguese Studies from SPLAS in 2011, I have focussed, as part of an international team, on translating into English the complete chronicles of Fernão Lopes (c.1380-c.1460), to be published by Boydell & Brewer. I am preparing for publication an article on aspects of Livy in Lopes’s work. My other medieval research is on King Duarte of Portugal (1433-38), an anthology of whose works I am selecting for translation. Further research on the 18th century opera librettist António José da Silva resulted in an article (2013) and a conference plenary paper (2017). My third area of research, 20th century Portuguese literature, has produced an article on the  poet Herberto Helder (2017), a book chapter and translations with an introductory article (2013 and 2017) on the novelist Maria Judite de Carvalho, and conference papers (2016 and 2019) on the novelist José Cardoso Pires.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Fernão Lopes and his sources
  • King Duarte of Portugal’s moral and didactic prose
  • José Cardoso Pires

My recent medieval research interests have arisen from translating the chronicles of Fernão Lopes, and from studying the intellectual background of his patron, King Duarte. Research into José Cardoso Pires has centred on gender, genre, and socio-political issues in his last novel, Alexandra Alpha.

Expertise and public engagement

Forthcoming BBC broadcast, ‘In Our Time’, on the Portuguese Modernist poet, Fernando Pessoa.

Selected publications

  • The Feminine in the Poetry of Herberto Helder (London: Tamesis Press, 1991)
  • A Critical Study and Translation of António José da Silva’s Cretan Labyrinth: a puppet opera (Lewiston-Queenston-Lampeter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2004)
  • ‘As Time Goes By: Old Age and the Elderly in Maria Judith de Carvalho’s Seta Despedida’, in As Time Goes By: Portraits of Age, eds Joy Charnley and Caroline Verdier (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 101-20
  • ‘Service, not Subservience: Chapter 98 of Dom Duarte’s Leal Conselheiro’, Portuguese Studies, 31.2 (2015), 209-21
  • ‘O poeta retira-se da feira’, Colóquio-Letras, No. 196 (Sept. 2017