I am currently working together with Doctor Virginia Pigniagnoli, University of Turin, and Doctor Malcah Efron, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on an article based on our panel for the Narrative Conference 2016, in Amsterdam. The article has been accepted for publication to the narrative theory journal Narrative.
We propose that narrative – reading and writing – is a collaborative project between authors and readers, a project of “co-world-building.” We are investigating how what we take from narratives we read, i.e. that which will become part of how we construct the real world, starts out from assumptions authors and readers make, often supported or even triggered by the digital support around a fictional narrative at the time of writing, and continues through the reading processes and the co-construction of a story world. Our collaboration has already produced a related paper presented at the Narrative Conference 2017, Kentucky University. We are planning to take our collaboration further in this project and publish several papers on the co-constructive nature of narrative in its several forms.
I am interested in comparative studies, not just in terms of literature and culture within a particular group – eg Portuguese literature from Portuguese speaking communities – but also how different cultural groups make different assumptions. For example, within the Portuguese speaking communities, there are peculiarities of language, social contexts that may lead to serious misreadings – and misunderstandings – when these texts travel from one community to the other. Similarly, English novels will be understood differently by Portuguese readers. For this reason, my thesis analysed novels and short-stories from American, English, Italian and Portuguese authors.
I am particularly interested in contemporary literature, but I also enjoy working with texts from across several historical periods. I also enjoy analysing children’s literature and fantasy literature.