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Luisa Maria Rodrigues Flora
Research Group: Principal Investigator – Research Group 6, The Modern Difference (until 30 May 2012); English Studies - Literature (RG1)
Professional Title: Associate Professor (FLUL, ab Jan.1999)
Academic Degrees: (1988) PhD in English Literature, U Lisboa; (1974) Graduation in Germanic Philology, U Lisboa.
Institutional Address: CEAUL - Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, Alameda da Universidade, 1600-214 Lisboa
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Research Projects:

  • (2004-2012). The Modern Difference - RG 6. Co-coord.

Research Outputs

Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or other publications:

  • (2008). “‘So proud of our dead soldiers”: Of ghosts and men in Jacob’s Room (1922) and Atonement (2001).” Études Britanniques Contemporaines, Revue de la Société d’Études Anglaises Contemporaines. Nr. 34: 185-197.
  • (2007). “The Journal of Mr Stevens, Butler. Apologia for a life unlived.” Anglo Saxonica: Revista do Centro de Estudos Anglísticos da Universidade de Lisboa. Series II. Nr. 25: 51-70.

Completed PhD theses:

  • (2010). Supervision of Zuzanna Iwona Zarebska Sanches, “Elizabeth Bowen and the Counter-Discourses of Femininity” (Co-supervisor: ACorreira, U Nova Lisboa), U Lisboa, (Ph.D. in English Literature). Final Mark: Summa cum Laude. 29 Oct.

Further supervisions

Masters Dissertations:

  • (2008). Supervision of Elena Malinosvkaya, “‘These Little Stories About Nothing At All’: A ficção breve de Virginia Woolf em diálogo com Sketches from a Hunter’s Album de Ivan Turgenev,” U Lisboa (M.A. in English Studies). Dec.
  • (2008). Supervision of Paula Alexandra Couto, “We’re Not Jews e My Son the Fanatic de Hanif Kureishi. O Texto Literário no Processo de Ensino - Aprendizagem da Língua Inglesa como Língua Estrangeira,” U Lisboa (M.A. in English Studies). Dec.
  • (2008). Supervision of Cristina Novais Collier, “The impact of war neurosis on hegemonic masculinity in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier,” U Lisboa (M.A. in English Studies). Nov.

Post-doctoral scholarships:

  • (2010-2013). Mentor of Zuzanna Iwona Zarebska Sanches, “The Map of a Woman: the Topography of Selfhood in the Work of Mary Rose Callaghan, Emma Donoghue, Mary Dorcey, Deirdre Madden, and Mary Morrissy.”
  • (2004-2007). Mentor in Portugal of Susana Isabel Arsénio Nunes Costa Araújo, “Realismos e Hiper-Realismos Contemporâneos: O ‘Real Social’ em tempos de ‘Realidade Virtual’.”
  • (2007–Mar. 2008) Mentor in Portugal of Susana Isabel Arsénio Nunes Costa Araújo, “Realismos e Hiper-Realismos Contemporâneos: O ‘Real Social’ em tempos de ‘Realidade Virtual’.” Post doctoral scholarship cancelled in March 2008 as Susana Araújo was invited to work at FLUL.

Supervision of final Reports:

  • (2013). Supervision of Ana Maria Domingos Ribeiro, Embaixada dos Estados Unidos (Probation report). 17/20, 23 Sep.
  • (2013). Supervision of Marta Cristina Borges Félix, Associação Zé dos Bois (Probation report). Final Mark: 16/20. 23 Sep.
  • (2013). Supervision of  Neuza Alexandra Forte Machado, Editorial Nova Vega (Probation report). Final Mark: 15/20. 23 Sep.
  • (2013). Supervision of  Rita Margarida Oliveira Aleixo, Espaço Europa (Probation report). Final Mark: 16/20. 23 Sep.
  • (2013). Supervision of  Galina Jamacocean, Sulmaré – Empresa de Pesca, Lda (Probation report). Final Mark: 17/20. 25 Jun.
  • (2013). Supervision of Inês Maria Loureiro Ferreira, Wall Street Institute (Probation report). Final Mark: 15/20. 25 Jun.
  • (2013). Supervision of Sara Catarina Melo dos Santos, Editorial Nova Vega (Probation report). Final Mark: 18/20. 25 Jun.
  • (2013). Supervision of  Sofia Miguel Nunes da Silva, Hotel Areias de Seixo (Probation report). Final Mark: 16/20.  25 Jun.
  • (2012). Supervision of Diana Brito Paulo, Wall Street Institute (Probation report). Final Mark: 17/20. 22 Jun.
  • (2012). Supervision of  Mafalda Escrevente Tomé Zé-Zola de Brito, Espaço Europa (Probation report). Final Mark: 16/20. 22 Jun.
  • (2012). Supervision of Mariana Gomes Beirão, Wall Street Institute (Probation report). Final Mark: 14/20. 22 Jun.
  • (2012). Supervision of  Nanci Andreia Pinto Ladeiras, Instituto Nacional de Aviação Civil (Probation report). Final Mark: 14/20. 22 Jun.
  • (2012).  Supervision of Ana Catarina de Brito Monteiro, Editorial Nova Vega (Probation report). Final Mark: 17/20.  21 Jun.
  • (2012). Supervision of Mariana Isabel Oliveira Pires, Editorial Nova Vega (Probation report). Final Mark: 18/20. 21 Jun.
  • (2012). Supervision of  Milene Raquel Campos Cardoso, LARGO Residências (Probation report). Final Mark: 14/20. 21 Jun.

Books and book chapters of international circulation:

  • (2013). “Scarred Language: Virginia Woolf’s Between the Acts.” In Anja A. Drautzburg and Jackson Oldfield (Eds.) Making Sense of Suffering: A Collective Attempt. (E-book)
  • (2011). “Suffering and War in Fiction: Ian McEwan’s Atonement.” In Bev Hogue and Anna Sugiyama (Eds.) Making Sense of Suffering: Theory, Practice, Representation. Oxford  Interdisciplinary Press, 193-202.
  • (2011). “Virginia Woolf - Reading for the Love of Reading.” In Catherine Bernard (Ed.) Woolf as Reader / Woolf as Critic or The Art of Reading in the Present. Montpellier: Presses Universitaires de La Méditerranée, 63-75.

Books, including single-authored works (including scholarly editions of oral or written texts and translations with introduction and commentary):

  • (2009). Ed. and Introd. of Studies in Identity. Lisboa: ULICES / Edições Colibri, 9-16.
  • (2007). Co-ed. and co-introd. Virginia Woolf: Three Centenary Celebrations. Porto: U Porto.
  • (2003). Short Story: Um Género Literário em Ensaio Académico. Cadernos de Anglística 8. Lisboa: CEAUL / Edições Colibri.

Chapters in books, including contributions to conference proceedings, essays in collections:

  • (2013). “Inventores de sonhos, criadores de pesadelos: os narradores-crianças em The DaydreamerAtonement.” In CVFerreira et al. (Eds.) A Scholar for All Seasons: Volume de Homenagem a João de Almeida Flor. Lisboa: CEAUL / DEA – U Lisboa, 567-578.
  • (2009). “Virginia Woolf e a Leitura: ‘Reading for the love of reading’.” In IFernandes et al. (Eds.) ‘So long lives this, and this gives life to thee’: Homenagem a Maria Helena de Paiva Correia. Lisboa: DEA – U Lisboa, 441-461.
  • (2007). “’The desolate ruins of my old squares’- Woolf out of Bloomsbury and into the future.”  In LFlora and Maria Cândida Zamith (Eds.) Virginia Woolf: Three Centenary Celebrations. Porto: Universidade do Porto, 167-76.
  • (2007). “A delicada resistência de uma porcelana ou Desta matéria são feitos os romances. Atonement de Ian McEwan.” In ApinheiroS et al. (Eds.) A Palavra e a Imagem. Lisboa: Colibri / CEAUL, 177-191.
  • (2007). “‘Out of all proportion’ – The Heat of the Day e a deriva identitária em tempo de Guerra.” In AARosa et al. (Eds.) ‘And gladly wolde (s)he lerne and gladly teche’: Homenagem a Júlia Dias Ferreira. Lisboa: Colibri / DEA – U Lisboa, 379-396.
  • (2006). “‘Manacled to a rock he was’: Exhausted Patriarchy in Between the Acts.” In Ana Luísa Amaral and Gualter Cunha (eds.) Estudos em Homenagem a Margarida Losa. Porto: Universidade do Porto, 169-82.
  • (2005). Introd. of Maria de Deus Duarte, A Inquietude das Palavras. Leituras de Virginia Woolf. Cadernos de Anglística 11. Lisboa: CEAUL / Edições Colibri, 9-15.

Organisation of scientific dissemination activities:

  • (2013). Scient. Committee Academy as Community, 34th Annual APEAA Conference, U Lisboa, 9-10 May.
  • (2012-2013). Co-org. Seminar “Autobiography and personal writing” by Marilyn Zucker, U Lisboa.
  • (2012). Org. Conf. Deciphering our lives: writing autobiography, U Lisboa, 11 Dec.
  • (2010). Co-org. Conf. Further Explorations of the Poetics of Glass: Romantic and Victorian Poetry by Isobel Armstrong, U Lisboa, 30 Apr.
  • (2010). Org. Conf. Nawal el Saadawi: Identity, Gender and Women’s Autobiography by Marilyn Zucker, U Lisboa, 25 May.
  • (2008-2010). Coord. English Literature in the English Department.
  • (2008). Co-director Int. Conf. From Brazil to Macao: Travel Writing and Diasporic Spaces, U Lisboa, 10-14 Sep.

Other activities:

  • (2012-...). Head of the English Department, U Lisboa.
  • (2008-2011). Director of Post-graduate Studies of the English Department, U Lisboa.
  • (2000-2011). Co-direction of book collection Cadernos de Anglística. CEAUL.
  • (2006). Comité Consultatif Études Britanniques Contemporaines, Revue de la Société d’Études Anglaises Contemporaines.

Presentations in international conferences

By invitation:

  • (2008). “Virginia Woolf - Reading for the Love of Reading.” Conf. Woolf as Reader / Woolf as Critic, U Paris Diderot, Paris VII, 27-28 Jun.

Future Research

Forthcoming PhD Supervision:

  • (2014). Supervision of PhD thesis of Alexandra Cheira “The (Re) Turn of the Fairies: Women Writers and Women Written in the (Wonder) Fiction of A. S. Byatt”.
  • (2015). Supervision of PhD thesis of Margarida Pereira Martins, “The Search for Identity and the Construction of an Idea of India in the Novels of Arundhati Roy and Kiran Desai” (working title).

Forthcoming publications:

Forthcoming paper:

  • (2013). “Between love-making and an autopsy – Hanif Kureishi’s My Ear at his Heart: Reading My Father.” 4th Global Conf. Making Sense of: Suffering, Athens, 10-12 Nov. (forthcoming presentation).

Forthcoming conferences:

  • (2013). Org. Committee of Int. Conf. Swallowing a World: Salman Rushdie in the 21st Century, CEAUL, U Lisboa, 6-9 Nov.
  • (2016). Director of the Org. Committee Int. Conference In Remembrance of the First World War, CEAUL, U Lisboa. Nov.



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