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Professor Paulo de Medeiros

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Email: p dot de-Medeiros at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Paulo de Medeiros is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, with a focus on Modern and Contemporary World Literatures. He was Associate Professor at Bryant College (USA) and Professor at Utrecht University (Netherlands) before moving to Warwick. In 2011-2012 he was Keeley Fellow at Wadham College, Oxford and in 2013 and 2014 President of the American Portuguese Studies Association. From 2014 to 2017 he served as Director of Research. Current projects include a study on Postimperial Europe.

Research interests

My research interests include Critical Theory, World Literatures, Modernism and Postcolonial Studies, and Lusophone Literatures and Film.

Teaching and supervision

I have taught in and/or convened the following:

EN122 Modes of Reading

EN123 Modern World Literature

EN201 European Novel

EN320 Dissertation

PH304 Textual Studies

EN942 Fundamentals of World Literature

EN9B2 Infinite Modernisms: Pessoa, Kafka, Proust

EN 9C7 Critical Theory, Culture, Resistance

PhD supervision welcome in the areas of Critical Theory, European Modernism, Postcolonial Studies, Postimperial Memory, World Literatures.

Recent publications



  • Culture and Conflict. Book series (co-editors Isabel C Gil and Catherine Nesci). Berlin and New York: De Gruyter. ISSN 2194-7104.
  • Reconfiguring Identities in the Portuguese-Speaking World” Book series (with Cláudia Pazos-Alonso). Oxford: Peter Lang. ISSN 22350144.
  • Portuguese Studies (co-editor). An MHRA Journal. ISSN 0267-5315 (print); 2222-4270 (online).
  • Pessoa Plural: A Journal of Fernando Pessoa Studies (Co-Editor with Onésimo Almeida and Jerónimo Pizarro). ISSN 2212-4179.
  • E-Lyra: A Journal of Comparative Poetics (with Rosa Maria Martelo). ISSN 2182-8954.
  • A Companion to João Paulo Borges Coelho. Rewriting the (Post)Colonial Remains. Co-editor, with Brugioni, Elena and Grossegesse, Orlando. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020. 263 pp. ISBN: 978-1-78707-986-1.

Articles and Essays

  • 'Fernando Pessoa, Singularity, and World Literature', in A Companion to World Literature, Ed. Ken Seigneurie, Wiley-Blackwell, 2020.
  • 'The drowning of time : ecological catastrophe, dialectics, and allegorical realism in João Paulo Borges Coelho's Ponta Gea and Água: uma novela rural'. In: Brugioni, Elena, Grossegesse, Orlando, and de Medeiros, Paulo, (eds.) A Companion to João Paulo Borges Coelho. Rewriting the (Post)Colonial Remains. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020, pp. 219-247.
  • 'Beauty, power, and desire: Notes on Ana Luísa Amaral’s poetics' Journal of Romance Studies 19.3 (2019): 469-485.
  • 'Poetry, Resistance, World-Literature: Adília Lopes and Marie Buck. e-Lyra 14. December 2019, 119-140.
  • '11 1/2 Teses sobre o conceito de Literatura-Mundial' ('11 1/2 Thesis on the Concept of World-Literature'). Via Atlântica 35 (2019): 307-331.
  • 'Lusophone Cinemas in Transnational Perspective' In: Leite, Ana Mafalda and Owen, Hilary and Sapega, Ellen W and Secco, Tindó, (eds.) Postcolonial Nation and Narrative III: Literature & Cinema. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019, pp. 21-34. ISBN 978-1-78707-581-8.
  • “‘Exit Ghost’: Reading Lusotropicalism as Fetish (with Adorno)”. Portuguese Studies Review(Canada) 26.1 (2018): 247-271.

  • “Lusophony or the Haunted Logic of Postempire”. In Lusotopie, Lusotopia, Lusotopy. Concepts et pratiques – Conceitos e práticas – Concepts and Practices. Eds. Irène dos Santos and Michel Cahen, Lusotopie, XVII (2), 2018. 227-247.

  • "Translation and Cosmopolitanism". In Translation and World Literature. Ed. Susan Bassnett. London: Routledge, 2019. 60-74.
  • “Postimperial Lisbon”. In Cities of the Lusophone World: Literature, Culture, and Urban Transformations. Eds. Doris Wieser and Ana Filipa Prata. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2018. 195-215.
  • "Review Essay: World Literature". Journal of European Studies 48.1 (2018); 69-75. Article first published online: January 30, 2018; Issue published: March 1, 2018
  • “Future’s Past: Reading Vergílio Ferreira’s Carta ao Futuro Today”. Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies (Digital Series) 1(2017): 1-15.
  • “Lusophonistik” (69-70); “Portugiesischsprachige Literatur” (381-385); Anhang: Portugal” (420-423). In Handbuch Postkolonialismus und Literatur. Eds. Dirk Göttsche, Axel Dunker, Gabriele Dürbeck. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler, 2017.
  • "Post-imperial Nostalgia and Miguel Gomes’ Tabu", Interventions, 18:2(2016): 203-216, DOI: 10.1080/1369801X.2015.1106963
  • "Another Country, Another Time: Notes on Pascal Mercier's Nachzug nach Lissabon and an Idea of Europe". Cadernos de Literatura Comparada 34 (2016): 245-263.
  • “’What the Hammer? What the Anvil?’ Ana Luísa Amaral’s Poetry”. Introduction to The Art of Being a Tiger: Poems by Ana Luísa Amaral. Transl. By Margaret Jull Costa. Oxford: Aris & Phillips, Oxbow Books, 2016.
  • Journal of Romance Studies 11.3 (2011). Guest co-editor (with Hilary Owen). Special Issue on Psychoanalysis and Portuguese Studies.
  • "Catastrophe Culture". Hazardous Future: Disaster, Representation and the Assessment of Risk. Eds. Isabel Capeloa Gil and Christoph Wulf. Berlin, Munich, Boston: de Gruyter, 2015. 19-30.
  • "Phantom Counterfeits: Credit and Betrayal in a (Post)-Modern Polity". The Cultural Life of Money. Eds. Isabel Capeloa Gil and Helena Gonçalves da Silva. Berlin, Boston: de Gruyter, 2015. 121-130.
  • Blindness, Invisibility, and the Negative Inheritance of World Literature”. Modern Language Quarterly, 74.2 (2013), 277-292.
  • “Notes Towards a (More) Cosmopolitan History of European Literature”. European Review 21.2 (2013): 281-291.
  • “Literatura e Resistência”. Dedalus: Revista da Associação Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada 16 (2012), 101-119.
  • “Consenting to be Wrecked”. Special Issue on Psychoanalysis and Portuguese Studies. Guest editors Paulo de Medeiros and Hilary Owen. Journal of Romance Studies 11.3 (2011): 91-107.
  • “A Failure of the Imagination? Questions for a Post-Imperial Europe”. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, 11.2 (2011): 91-101.
  • “Shifting Borders”. Journal of Romance Studies 11.1 (2011): 98-111.

Professional associations

  • Past President of the American Portuguese Studies Association (2015 and 2016); President (2014 and 2013); Vice-President (2012 and 2011)
  • BCLA
  • International Comparative Literature Association
  • MHRA


  • BA; MA (Massachusetts at Boston)
  • MA; PhD (Massachusetts at Amherst)


Office hours

2019-20 T3 via e-mail or chat in MS-Teams

Tuesdays 16:00-17:00

Wednesdays 11:00-12:00

Convenor (with Karen Simecek in Philosophy): BA in Philosophy & Literature