Literary Fields Forever Playing with the Book of Disquiet

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Manuel Portela


The LdoD Archive: Collaborative Archive of the Book of Disquiet was published on the web in December 2017. Over the past four years we have organized many workshops in different settings, aimed at encouraging appropriations of the reading, editing, and writing functionalities of the platform. The virtual editing tools, in particular, have been a major source of experiments. These include, for instance, annotated editions, personal anthologies, staged readings, performance pieces, scriptwriting for video, virtual editions based on social media, and automatically generated editions. Through interfaces designed for exploring the multiple facets of Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet, the role-playing principle of the system has been adopted in creative and critical activities that bring the text into diverse environments. This article describes these resituated and playful textual practices as a living model of the literary field.


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III. The Aesthetic Experiences of Digital Editions
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Manuel Portela, University of Coimbra

Manuel Portela is Professor of English and Director of the PhD Program in Materialities of Literature at the University of Coimbra. His research addresses writing and reading media and their impact on literary forms and practices. The most significant results of his work can be seen in Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-Reflexive Machines (MIT Press, 2013), LdoD Archive: Collaborative Digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet (2017–2022), co-edited by António Rito Silva, and Literary Simulation and the Digital Humanities: Reading, Editing, Writing (Bloomsbury, 2022).