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AntropoSines: Petrocultura, violência lenta e pensamento ecológico em Al Berto

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Fernando Beleza PintoORCiD



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Critics of Al Berto’s work have highlighted his contribution to the emergence of an urban poetry with a queer consciousness in contemporary Portuguese literature. In dialogue and departing from this critical traditions, this article explores the environmental and ecological dimensions of Al Berto’s production. Focusing on what I will define as Al Berto’s petroqueer fictions and the poet's writings on the environmental violence and social transformations brought about by the construction of the Sines industrial complex, this article proposes an approximation between Al Berto’s poetry and Timothy Morton's notion of dark ecology. When read in the context of the Anthropocene as a threshold concept, Al Berto’s poetry suggests a logic of coexistence between the human and the non-human that defines its pioneering place in Portuguese environmentalist literature.

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Author(s): Beleza F

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Anthropocenica

Year: 2022

Volume: 3

Pages: 135-155

Print publication date: 19/10/2022

Online publication date: 19/10/2022

Acceptance date: 28/09/2022

Date deposited: 24/10/2022

ISSN (print): 2184-8297

ISSN (electronic): 2184-8289

Publisher: University of Minho (Portugal)


DOI: 10.21814/anthropocenica.4007


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