The Art of Being Woman

On November 30, the Center for Portuguese Studies was pleased to host a special conversation on "The Art of Being Woman." Politics, colonialism, and gender are some of the subjects that CPS director, Deolinda Adão, discussed with with three contemporary literary figures from Portugal: Bárbara Bulhosa, Dulce Maria Cardoso and Ricardo Araújo Pereira.

Bulhosa is the publisher of one of the most successful editorial projects in Portugal, Tinta-da-China, which has published several outstanding books of national and international literature. Among these books is “O Retorno” (“The Return”) by Dulce Maria Cardoso, one of the writers in attendance. Published in 2011, O Retorno is a reflection on Portuguese colonialism and post-colonialism, a pictorial narrative that put Dulce Maria Cardoso in the hall of fame of Lusophone literature. Joining Bulhosa and Cardoso was Ricardo Araújo Pereira, a famous comedian, TV personality, and writer. His ironic style and parody are well-known communicational strategies that he used to write chronicles such as “Frankenstrump, a less known story by Mary Shelley”, or “The Beagle Boys, Dalton, and Lehman.”

The lively discussion concluded with an engaging Q&A before an audience of 20 students, faculty and community members. This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Camões Institute, and the EU Center.