Walking Through the Revolution: A Spatial Reading of Literary Echoes

  • Ana Isabel Queiroz FCSH - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  • Daniel Alves Institute of Contemporary History, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Abstract

This paper presents an embryo of a literary guide on the Carnation Revolution to be explored for educational historical excursions other than leisure and tourism. We propose a historical trail through the centre of Lisbon, city of the Carnation Revolution, called Walk through the Revolution. The trail aims to reinforce collective memory about the major events that occurred in the early moments leading to the coup. The trail is made up by nine places of rememberance, for which literary excerpts are suggested and which are supported by a digital research procedure. A set of seven fixed and observer-independent categories are used to analyse the literary contents of 23 literary works published up to 2013. These literary works refer to events that happened between the eve of April 25 and May 1, 1974. At the same time, literary descriptions are explored using a spatial approach in order to define the literary geography of the most iconic military actions and popular demonstrations that occurred in Lisbon and the surroundings. The literary geography and the cartography of the historical events are then compared. Data analysis and visualization benefit from the use of standardised and quantitative methods, including basic statistics and geographic information systems.

Author Biographies

Ana Isabel Queiroz, FCSH - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

Ana Isabel Queiroz is researcher in the Institute for the Study of Traditional Literature (IELT) and in the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC), in Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. She is graduated in Biology (1985), MA in Ethology (1996), and PhD in Landscape Architecture (2007). Her main research interests are Ecocriticism, Digital Humanities and Environmental History. CV: http://ihc.fcsh.unl.pt/pt/ihc/investigadores/item/1083-aiqueiroz; E-mail: ai_queiroz@fcsh.unl.pt  

Daniel Alves, Institute of Contemporary History, Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Daniel Alves is Assistant Professor at the History Department, in Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas (FCSH), Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, and researcher in the Institute of Contemporary History (IHC). He has a MA in 19th Century History (2001), and a PhD in Economic and Social Contemporary History (2010). He has a special interest in the study of the lower middle-classes, in Urban History, Digital Humanities and Historical GIS. CV: http://ihc.fcsh.unl.pt/en/ihc/researchers/item/2125-dralves-en; E-mail: alves.r.daniel@gmail.com
Published
2015-05-27
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