Dr Raquel Ribeiro PhD

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United Kingdom
University of Nottingham
Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
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Raquel Ribeiro earned her doctorate at the University of Liverpool, in 2009, with a thesis on the concept of Europe in the works of the Portuguese author Maria Gabriela Llansol. She published in Ellipsis (October 2008), in the Journal of Romance Studies (Spring 2009), she contributed to the essay collection Jovens Ensaístas Lêem Jovens Poetas (Oporto, Deriva: 2008) and to the book Europe and its Others (2010). As a novelist, she published Europa (ASA, 2002), under the pseudonym Maria David. She works as a freelance journalist in Portugal, and her current interests include Portuguese and Lusophone literature and cinema. She is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, developing a study on the cultural representations of the presence of Cuban soldiers in Angola during the civil war.

Portuguese (mother tongue) English Spanish French Russian
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Lusophone Literature and Cinema

Portuguese Contemporary Literature

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Latin-American and Lusophone literatures in comparison

Portuguese and European Literatures in comparison

Notions of Utopia and Eden in literature

Trans-Atlantic intellectual exchanges

Comparative literature


·     ‘Trans-Atlantic exchanges between Cuba and Angola’. Annual International Colloquium Post-Conflict Cultures, “Topographies of Reconstruction”. Università di Bologna, 4-6 November, 2010. “O que é determinante para a unidade é a ideologia e não a geografia’: Trans-Atlantic exchanges between Cuba and Angola”. Biennial Conference of the American Association of Portuguese Studies (APSA). Brown University, USA, October 7-9, 2010.

·     ‘Spectral masculinities torn by war: a reading of some recent texts on the Portuguese colonial wars’. Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI). King’s College, London, 12-14 April, 2010.

·     'Women writers and their dogs: the cases of Maria Velho da Costa’s Myra, and Maria Gabriela Llansol’s Amar um Cão’. Conference of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (ABIL). University of Maynooth, Ireland, 11-12 September 2009.

·     ‘“Na cabeça de uma mulher está a história de uma aldeia”: Re-mitologizar a História Num Encontro entre Margaret Atwood e Maria Gabriela Llansol’. Conference of the Associação Portuguesa de Literatura Comparada (APLC). Braga, Portugal, November  6-8, 2008.

·     ‘Islands in the Stream, or How José Saramago and Maria Gabriela Llansol are Drifting Away From Portuguese Tradition’. Biennial Conference of the American Association of Portuguese Studies (APSA). University of Yale, USA, October 9-11, 2008.

·     ‘Bush or Camões?: Maria Gabriela Llansol’s Contribution Towards an Understanding of the European Community’. Annual Conference of the Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (ABIL). University of Bristol, January 11-12, 2008.

·     ‘“A noite a princípio é o homem sem casa”: vestígios da escrita e a aparição do divino na noite escura de Daniel Faria’. Invited speaker at conference Jovens Ensaístas Lêem Jovens Poetas, organised by Pedro Eiras, University of Porto. Matosinhos, Portugal, October 2007. 

·     O novo ser era um monstro: Leitura do Lugar 26 de O Livro das Comunidades’. Conference 30 Years Since O Livro das Comunidades, co-organised by Raquel Ribeiro and Claire Williams. Liverpool, September 5, 2007.‘Virginia Woolf’s Flush and Maria Gabriela Llansol’s Jade – two dogs in search of an author’. Panel entitled ‘Identity and Marginality in the Hispanic World’ co-organised with postgraduate colleagues Charlotte Gleghorn and Benedict Hoff. Annual conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI). Aberdeen, April 2-4, 2007.


·     ‘Imaginary Islands and Migrant Figures – A Comparison Between José Saramago’s Iberian Atlantic and Maria Gabriela Llansol’s European edenic space’, in Beyond Slavery in the Iberian Atlantic, ed. by Dmitri Van Den Bersselaar and Harald Braun, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 88 (2011). Forthcoming.

·     ‘Women writers and their animals: Virginia Woolf’ Flush and Maria Gabriela Llansol’s Jade, two literary dogs with a voice of their own’, in Transcultural Encounters Amongst Women in Hispanic and Lusophone Literature, Art and Film, ed. by Gabrielle Carty, Niamh Thornton and Pat O’Byrne (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp. 149-164.

·     ‘Marginal, Nomadic and Stateless – Pessoa, Musil and Kafka in the works of Maria Gabriela Llansol’, in Europe and its Others. Poetics of the Margins, ed. by Rossella Riccobono (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2010), pp. 157-186.

·     ‘Kurika, Rambo e Jade, companheiros da escrita, ou como amar um cão em Cão como nós, de Manuel Alegre, Myra, de Maria Velho da costa, e Amar um cão, de Maria Gabriela Llansol’, in Pensardiverso. Revista de Estudos Lusófonos, ed. by Celina Martins, 1 (2010), pp. 95-113.

·     “‘A noite a princípio é o homem sem casa’: Vestígios da Escrita e a Aparição do Divino na Noite Escura de Daniel Faria’, in Jovens Ensaístas Lêem Jovens Poetas, ed. by Pedro Eiras (Porto: Deriva, 2008), pp. 79-92.

·     ‘An “intercommunion of subjectivities”, or Restoring the Feminine and Nature: Reading Three Diaries by Maria Gabriela Llansol, Journal of Romance Studies, ed. by Sinéad Wall and Maria-José Blanco, 9.1 (Spring, 2009), 59–74.

·     ‘Texto Nómada, Entre o Exílio e a Reconciliação: uma Leitura de Três Diários de Maria Gabriela Llansol’, in A Vez e a Voz da Mulher Portuguesa na Diáspora: Macau e Outros Lugares – Actas do III Congresso Internacional, ed. by Maria Antónia Espadinha (Macau: University of Macau, 2009), 231-239.

·     ‘Maria Gabriela Llansol Meets George Steiner: How The Idea of Europe could be a Llansolian edenic space’, Ellipsis, 6 (October, 2008), 33-47.

·     ‘Buster Keaton – O Quinto Elemento ou o Agenciamento Metafísico do Cinema’, in Buster Keaton – Catálogo de Textos, pref. by João Mário Grilo (Lisbon: Edição Fluviais, 2003), n.p.