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The Anthology in Portugal: A New Approach to the History of Portuguese Literature in the Twentieth Century (review)

The Anthology in Portugal: A New Approach to the History of Portuguese Literature in the... Book Reviews Baubeta, Patricia Anne Odber de. The Anthology in Portugal: A New Approach to the History of Portuguese Literature in the Twentieth Century. Bern: Peter Lang, 2007. 286 pp. Anthologies are often the unsung heroes of college literary survey courses. The anthology chosen for the class often defines the Portuguese literary canon for the (U.S.) graduate student who sees the text selections as their introduction to the history of Portuguese literature. For more advanced scholars, the anthology provides an opportunity to deepen their knowledge or to specialize in a particular theme, genre, time period or author. At the very least, anthologies provide easy and convenient access to a wide variety of texts, many of which may no longer exist outside of national archives. Throughout Patricia Anne Odber de Baubeta's text, the author and reader are constantly engaging with the underlying question: What is the ultimate purpose of the literary anthology? Is it literary historiography, literary criticism, social criticism, simply a compilation of texts linked by time, topic and language--or some mixture thereof? While the text does, at times, come across as a routine listing of anthologies and authors, overall the book remains true to its initial purpose: http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Luso-Brazilian Review University of Wisconsin Press

The Anthology in Portugal: A New Approach to the History of Portuguese Literature in the Twentieth Century (review)

Luso-Brazilian Review , Volume 47 (2) – Jan 30, 2010

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Book Reviews Baubeta, Patricia Anne Odber de. The Anthology in Portugal: A New Approach to the History of Portuguese Literature in the Twentieth Century. Bern: Peter Lang, 2007. 286 pp. Anthologies are often the unsung heroes of college literary survey courses. The anthology chosen for the class often defines the Portuguese literary canon for the (U.S.) graduate student who sees the text selections as their introduction to the history of Portuguese literature. For more advanced scholars, the anthology provides an opportunity to deepen their knowledge or to specialize in a particular theme, genre, time period or author. At the very least, anthologies provide easy and convenient access to a wide variety of texts, many of which may no longer exist outside of national archives. Throughout Patricia Anne Odber de Baubeta's text, the author and reader are constantly engaging with the underlying question: What is the ultimate purpose of the literary anthology? Is it literary historiography, literary criticism, social criticism, simply a compilation of texts linked by time, topic and language--or some mixture thereof? While the text does, at times, come across as a routine listing of anthologies and authors, overall the book remains true to its initial purpose:

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Luso-Brazilian ReviewUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Jan 30, 2010

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