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Professor Paulo de Medeiros

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

FAB 5.08
Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Paulo de Medeiros is Professor of Modern and Contemporary World Literatures, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. 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



Articles and Essays

  • “Insidious invisibilities: World literature, ‘race’ and resistance”. Khan, Sheila, Can Nazir Ahmed, and Machado, Helena (eds.). Racism and Surveillance: Modernity Matters. Oxford: Routledge, 2022. 132- 149. DOI: 10.4324/9781003014300-8.
  • "Dialética da Periferia: Formas de Resistência na Literatura-Mundial" (Dialectic of the Periphery: Forms of Resistance in World-Literature). Via Atlântica 40 (2021): 215-260. DOI: 10.11606/va.i40.190016.
  • "Afro-política, (pós-)memória, pertença: Apontamentos para uma outra Europa". In A Cena da Pós-Memória: O presente do passado na Europa pós-colonial. Ed. António Sousa Ribeiro. Porto: Edições Afrontamento, 2021. 133-144.
  • “Memory’s Ransom: Silences, Postmemory, Cinema.” ABRIL (UFF, Niterói) 13.27 (2021): 45-60.
  • 'Introduction: Situating Lusophone African Cinema' (with Livia Apa). Medeiros, Paulo de, and Livia Apa (eds.). Contemporary Lusophone African Film: Transnational Communities and Alternative Modernities. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. ISBN: 9780367134976. 1-14.
  • 'Lusophone African cinema as world cinema'. Medeiros, Paulo de and Livia Apa (eds.). Contemporary Lusophone African Film: Transnational Communities and Alternative Modernities. London and New York: Routledge, 2021. ISBN: 9780367134976. 15-32.
  • 'Introduction: Fernando Pessoa and translation'. With Jerónimo Pizarro. Fernando Pessoa and Translation. Special Issue of The Translator, 26.4 (2020). pp. 317-323.
  • 'Mia Couto and the Antinomies of World-Literature'. The Worlds of Mia Couto. Kristian Van Haesendonck (ed.). Oxford: Peter Lang, 2020. 11-31.
  • 'Da ausência: Apontamentos para uma leitura materialista de Pessoa'. Vecchi, Roberto, and Russo, Vincenzo, (eds.). A Teoria Gentil. Lisboa: Glaciar, 2020, 95-108.
  • 'Herança de sombras: Memória, Pós-Memória e Responsabilidade em Os Memoráveis de Lídia Jorge'. Colóquio-Letras 205. 2020. pp. 79-97.
  • 'Transnational Pessoa'. In: Transnational Portuguese Studies. Owen, Hilary and Williams, Claire, (eds.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2020. pp. 299-316. ISBN 9781789621396.
  • 'Caring for the Sacred Heart : Eliete, memory, and (im)possible returns, or a politics of banality.' Portuguese Studies, 36.1 (2020): pp. 32-48. doi:10.5699/portstudies.36.1.0032
  • 'Détection, damage and resistance : on Sara Gran's Claire DeWitt's novels'. In: Sampaio, Maria de Lurdes and Villas-Boas, Gonçalo, (eds.) Cherchez les femmes: estudos de literatura policial. Porto: Afrontamento, 2020, pp. 279-296. ISBN 9789723618150.
  • '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.
  • "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 (Political Science and English); MA (English) Massachusetts at Boston
  • MA (Comparative Literature); PhD (Comparative Literature) Massachusetts at Amherst


Office hours 2021-22

Term 1: On leave

Term 2: Tuesdays 9:00-10:00 (online) except Weeks 9 and and 10: Wednesdays 9:00-10:00

Thursdays 16:30 - 17:30

Term 3: by appointment (send me an e-mail so we can arrange a date and time)

'Fernando Pessoa'Link opens in a new window. BBC 4: In Our Time, 3 December 2020
Co-Convenor (Term 2 and 3 with Eileen John): BA in Philosophy & Literature