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'What is that to me?' Jorge de Sena's Sinais de fogo, poetry, and testimony during the Spanish civil war

Miranda, Rui

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Associate Professor


© Institute of Modern Languages Research 2020. The Spanish civil war is featured in the works of Jorge de Sena as a moment which created a new level of political awareness and militancy. Sena's incomplete, posthumously published novel Sinais de fogo (1979) [Signs of Fire (1999)], which draws from Sena's biographical experiences as a young student in 1936 Lisbon and Figueira da Foz, attempts a fictional inscription, for future remembrance, of the conflict's impact on António de Oliveira Salazar's Estado Novo regime, which supported the alzamiento and Franco, and on the living conditions and political positioning of the generations which endured it. To this end, Sena's considerations on poetry and testimony will assist in shedding light on the novel's questioning of the roles and functions of (and relations between) art, politics, history, and individual memory. Ultimately, the novel will resist heterotopian escapes and prompt a reflection on the meaning(s) and purpose(s) of communitas.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jun 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2020
Publication Date Mar 1, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 3, 2018
Publicly Available Date Mar 2, 2022
Journal Journal of Romance Studies
Print ISSN 1473-3536
Electronic ISSN 1752-2331
Publisher Liverpool University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
Issue 1
Pages 51-74
Keywords Jorge de Sena; Sinais de fogo; Spanish civil war; Communitas; Poetic testimony; Roberto Esposito; Jacques Derrida; Linguistics and Language; Literature and Literary Theory; Cultural Studies; Visual Arts and Performing Arts; Language and Linguistics
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