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The critical fortune of Fernando Pessoa and Pessoan Studies in the English language, as Jose Blanco's comprehensive synthesis in this issue documents, is far from the straightforward story of a genius discovered and celebrated. It draws, as do all literary phenomena, upon worldly social, political and institutional histories and investments in the making and meaning by Pessoa across a range of disciplines, cultural genres and spaces, on translations, research and careering, on performance, marketing and sheer pleasure, on subsidies and policies, serendipity and design; between and betwixt them, the internationalization of Pessoa and Portuguese and Lusophone studies, on the one hand, and the geopolitical re-definitions of literary studies, canon and curricula, on the other. Portuguese Studies is an illustration and a part of this story. Since its first issue in 1985, and along the years, its pages have featured an important translation of 'The Anarchist Banker' (vol. 7), as well as an article on the Anarchist Banker as the consummate Neo-Liberal (22: 2); contributions to scholarship on Anglophone reception, on Roy Campbell's Fernando Pessoa manuscript (10), to comparative literature studies, with articles on Pessoa and Wordsworth (5) and Yates (19), Pessoa, Germany and Empire (21: 1), Pessoa's reception of Nietzsche in Antonio Mora (23: 1), or the Absurd in Beckett and Pessoa's Faust (24: 1); articles on Alvaro de Campos (1), and Camilo and Campos (7); and studies of the 35 Sonnets (15) and of Mensagem (9).

With the present issue--to all intents and purposes a book-length volume, reviewing and contributing to the state of the Art on Pessoan studies through a reflection on the present and future research on his literary estate--the journal, in its first fully guest-edited volume, thus marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Fernando Pessoa. For this, we would like to thank Jeronimo Pizarro and Steffen Dix for their timely and felicitous proposal, the Camara Municipal de Povoa do Varzim, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Instituto Camoes and the Instituto de Ciencias Sociais for the generous additional subsidies which have made publication of this extended special issue possible. Last but not least, we would like to record a particular and emphatic word of thanks to Graham Nelson, the journal's Production Editor, and Richard Correll, our Editorial Assistant, for bringing this truly collaborative issue to press.

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Title Annotation:Fernando Pessoa
Publication:Portuguese Studies
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2008
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