Belatedness as Cold Memory
Centre for Comparative Studies, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon
Belatedness as Cold Memory: The Case of Fernando Pessoa. Pessoa’s Unmodernity: Ricardo Reis
Dedalus 21 (2017), pp. 43-52. Download PDF
It is my contention that one of the preoccupations of Fernando Pessoa, in the wake of Baudelaire and others, is the relations between modernity and antiquity – how may the former achieve the greatness that enables it to become the latter. Belatedness and anachronism are such two features, and Fernando Pessoa uses them, as many other modernists, to reflect about retro-gardism and its relations with avant-gardism. By no means the only one, I follow the heteronym Ricardo Reis in Pessoa’s quest, reading how poets in the wake of Nietzsche and Walter Benjamin.