Call for papers for the fourth issue of the online journal

Revista Épicas dedicated to "History and Myth in Portuguese Languagen epic poems"


Coordination number:
Ana Mafalda Leite (Universidade Federal de Sergipe)

Christina Ramalho (Universidade Federal de Sergipe)


Thematic dossier: "History and Myth in Portuguese Language epic poems"

Despite their diversity and their own thematic interests, literature in Portuguese inherited, from the Portuguese cultural universe, an epic expression of universal value given by Os Lusíadas, by Luís de Camões. Camões was able to transgress some paradigms of the classical epic and was able to expand the participation of the poetic voice in the narrated world. Camões inserted historical and mythical aspects with originality to reinforce the epic characteristics of the poem. In Brazil, for example, Os Lusíadas generated a Brazilian epic tradition that had in Camões a model for the productions of the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. Even in the 20th century, the Camonian heritage is seen in works such as the Brazilian, Invenção de Orfeu, by Jorge de Lima, and the Mozambican, As Quybyrycas, by António Quadros. Many of these literatures, especially after the nineteenth century, presented in different ways their epic subjects, such as the A cabeça calva de Deus, by the Cape Verdean Corsino Fortes, or No fundo do canto, by the Guinean Odete Semedo, which even denies the epic sense of her poem. In Portugal, works such as Uma viagem à Índia, by the Portuguese Gonçalo Tavares, attest to the permanence of a genre by many considered extinct. Outside the axis of the Camonian inheritance, there are also epic poems that dialogue directly with the classical tradition, such as A Gesta de Mem de Sá, by José de Anchieta. Another curious phenomenon is the narrative derivation of the epic, present in mythical-historical novels found in the literary production of Portuguese ex-colonies.

On the other hand, since the epics are characterized by the presence of historical and marvelous plans, it is important to reflect on the concepts of History and Myth. This is especially important in postcolonial times when the space given to hitherto "minorities" both deflagrates the literary revision of the sense of History and recovers mythical and cultural identity aspects neglected by colonial societies and understood as a subaltern. Thus, the proposal of this issue of Revista Épicas is, in general, to verify to what extent epic productions in Portuguese Language may have contributed to the processes of affirmation of national identities, or, in times of globalization, be signs of a countercultural expression. Within this conception of approach, we define two axes of reflection on the production of epic poems and epic narratives in the context of Portuguese Language Literatures:

1. Representations of History

Study of epic works written in Portuguese with a focus on the historical representations, with a special emphasis on:  revisionist aspects, the dialogue with imported tradition, and the redefinition of historical matter from the resource of assuming the epic discourse as a place of dialogue.


2. Representations of the Myth

Study of epic works written in Portuguese with an emphasis on the mythical images that verify both the re-reading of imported myths and the valuation of their own mythic images, aiming to promote the construction of an epic identity.


Articles may be written in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese or German. (please send to The deadline for submission is December 15th, 2017. The norms and procedures for publication can be found on the following website:


The Editorial Board’s evaluation will be sent to all authors by January 30th, 2018. This publication is scheduled for March 30, 2019.