The first and only one of its kind, the present Companion fulfils a long overdue need for reference materials on Portuguese literature available in English. The rather compact volume is an informative guide aimed primarily at a university-level reading public with no previous or limited knowledge of Portuguese literature or of the language. Its editors, as well as most of its contributors, are professors and/or collaborate with research universities in England, where most were also trained. They have all published scholarly work on or closely related to the topics on which they write authoritatively and in a language accessible to non-specialized readers. Their essays, distributed throughout sixteen chapters of varying length and ordered chronologically, cover some of the most important movements, genres and authors in Portuguese literature, from the Middle Ages to the twenty-first century. They provide overviews of the material, basic historical, literary and cultural contextualization and just enough of the different authors’ perspectives to make for, at times, critically engaging reading even for those familiar with the topic.
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