Publication
Title
Empty fathers and failing empires : patrilineality and masculinity in os lusiadas
Author
Abstract
The epic poem Os Lusi ' adas reflects mid-sixteenth century imperial masculinity as Camoes narrates the deeds of Gama and his successors mainly in a glorifying way. However, the poet also expresses his worry about a loss of glory and an analogy may be drawn between effeminacy and the failing empire. Specifically, Canto IX and X hold a rhetorical encouragement for D. Sebastiao to be a "father" to his nation. This paper focuses particularly on the patrilineal construct and shows how kleos (heroic glory passed from father to son) during the imperial conquest becomes empty since patrilineality fails when fathers survive their sons, thereby revealing an empire under pressure.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Via Atlântica
Publication
2018
ISSN
1516-5159
2317-8086
Volume/pages
33 (2018) , p. 325-341
ISI
000445913400020
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Publication type
Subject
Art 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
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Creation 09.11.2018
Last edited 23.09.2021
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