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Matthew Gorey, "Pious Dissent: Tradition, Translation, and Subversive Allusion in Luís de Camões' Lusiads"
Matthew Gorey, "Pious Dissent: Tradition, Translation, and Subversive Allusion in Luís de Camões' Lusiads"
WhenMonday, Apr. 30, 2018, 4 – 6 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room202/204
Event typesLectures/Seminars
Event sponsorsThe UW Classics, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies Group

Emily George, ecg136@uw.edu



The Department of Classics

Dr. Catherine M. Connors

cconnors@u.washington.edu
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Pious Dissent: Tradition, Translation, and Subversive Allusion in Luís de Camões' Lusiads

Luís Vaz de Camões' Lusiads (published in 1572) has long served as the 'national epic' of Portugal, glorifying Portuguese colonialism in the Age of Exploration. Drawing heavily upon the style and structure of Virgil's Aeneid, the poem offers a triumphal account of the explorer Vasco da Gama's first voyage to Eastern Africa and India that often verges on the fantastical and the mythical. While contemporary scholarship has largely interpreted the poem as a straightforward endorsement of imperialism, Gorey seeks to complicate this reading by examining Camões' tendentious reception of Virgilian pietas (piety) and the use of its Portuguese cognate, piedade (piety/pity). Focusing on the speech of the 'Old Man of Restelo' at the end of Canto IV, Gorey proposes that the Lusiads contains an overlooked--yet significant--voice of anti-imperialist dissent, which is encoded in numerous classical allusions.

Matthew Gorey is a Lecturer in the University of Washington Department of Classics, where his work focuses on Latin Epic, Philosophy, Roman Political Thought, and Classical Reception. His current project, Atomism in the Aeneid: Physics, Politics, and Cosmological Disorder, focuses on Virgilian allusion to Lucretius and the role of philosophical allegory in the Aeneid.

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