Lígia Bernardino
Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto
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Correlações pós-humanistas na era do antropoceno
Dedalus 22-23 (2018-2019), pp. 359-374. Download PDF

The main topoi within post-human studies have been nature and technique, as both agents and victims of human action. Lying at the intersection between what is proper of the human nature and the effects human action has in the planet, post-human exegetic approach questions the way humans have pursued and exercised power. Literature stands as a privileged field and objet of research, because of its ceaseless insight on human behaviour, actions, ideas and views, as well as on the net of relationships humans establish with what transcends them. This essay aims at showing some of the problems affecting the age of the antropocene, but also at articulating these concerns with the works of some writers, in order to understand how literature can offer ample ground of research for the post-human studies.
post-human, nature, technique, machine, anthropocentrism, hybridism

Biographical note
Lígia Bernardino is a teacher who took her PHD in 2014 at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto in 2014 in the field of Contemporary Portuguese Literature. Her thesis was called Limiares do Humano (The Threshold of the Human), in which three Portuguese writers (Jorge de Sena, Maria Gabriela Llansol and Gonçalo M. Tavares) were studied taking into account their views on human hybridity. Since then, she has continued to develop literature research work, and has published several essays in scholarly journals.