'Nenhum Problema Tem Solução': Um Arquivo Digital do Livro do Desassossego

  • Manuel Portela Center for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra


The research project 'No Problem Has Solution: A Digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet' aims to produce a digital hypermedia archive of the Book of Disquiet [LdoD], by Bernardo Soares/Fernando Pessoa. The archive will contain digital facsimiles of the documentary materials of LdoD, topographic transcriptions of those materials, textual transcriptions of the four critical editions published between 1982 and 2010 (Coelho 1982 [2nd edition, 1997]; Cunha 1990-91 [2nd edition, 2008]; Zenith 1998 [10th edition, 2012]; Pizarro 2010), and also tools for search and textual analysis. This aggregation and electronic encoding of textual fragments combines genetic and social editing of LdoD, showing it both as a network of potential authorial intentions and as a conjectural construction of its successive editors. This digital archive will also provide a space for virtualizing LdoD that encourages new dynamics of reading, editing, research, and writing. This article presents the project in its theoretical, technical, and methodological aspects, contextualizing them within ongoing research in the field.

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Manuel Portela, Center for Portuguese Literature, University of Coimbra

Manuel Portela teaches in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the Faculty of Arts, University of Coimbra, and he is the current Director of the Doctoral Program in Advanced Studies in the Materialities of Literature. He is a member of the Centre for Portuguese Literature at the University of Coimbra, and was Director of the University Theatre between 2005 and 2008. His many translations include the first Portuguese translations of Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1994; revised, 2007) and Milton (2009), by William Blake,  and The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (2 vols, 1997-98), by Laurence Sterne, for which he received the National Award for Translation. In 2003, he published O Comércio da Literatura: Mercado e Representação [The Commerce of Literature: Marketplace and Representation], an extensive study of the English literary market in the 18th century.  His latest research has been concerned with the digital literature and digital culture. He has taught several courses and seminars on digital media.


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How to Cite
PORTELA, Manuel. 'Nenhum Problema Tem Solução': Um Arquivo Digital do Livro do Desassossego. MATLIT: Materialities of Literature, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 9-33, may 2013. ISSN 2182-8830. Available at: <https://impactum-journals.uc.pt/matlit/article/view/1618>. Date accessed: 18 aug. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.14195/1618.
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Writing; Book; Electronic Editing; Digital Archive; Fernando Pessoa; Book of Disquiet.

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