Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke


261 Pages

ISBN 978-3-319-91922-5

Saramago's philosophical heritage

Edited by

Carlo Salzani , Kristof K. P. Vanhoutte

The past decades have seen a growing "philosophical" interest in a number of authors, but strangely enough Saramago's oeuvre has been left somewhat aside. This volume aims at filling this gap by providing a diverse range of philosophical perspectives and expositions on Saramago's work. The chapters explore some possible issues arising from his works: from his use of Plato's allegory of the cave to his re-readings of Biblical stories; from his critique and "reinvention" of philosophy of history to hisallegorical exploration of alternative histories; from his humorous approach to our being-towards-death to the revolutionary political charge of his fiction. The essays here confront Saramago's fiction with concepts, theories, and suggestions belonging to various philosophical traditions and philosophers including Plato, Pascal, Kierkegaard, Freud, Benjamin, Heidegger, Lacan, Foucault, Patočka, Derrida, Agamben, and Žižek.

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Salzani, C. , Vanhoutte, K. K. (eds) (2018). Saramago's philosophical heritage, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.

Table of Contents


Salzani Carlo; Vanhoutte Kristof K. P.


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Correcting history

Salzani Carlo


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The "dark side" of history

Fersini Maria Pina


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Death by representation

Aristodemou Maria


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A contemporary midrash

Dal Bo Federico


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Female representations in José Saramago

Carvalho Santiago Camila


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Saramago's axiology of gender difference

Ferreira Ana Paula


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Saramago's dogs

Salzani Carlo; Vanhoutte Kristof K. P.


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Traumatic counterfactuals

Jenkins David


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