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Dear Professors and Students,

We would like to cordially invite you to attend the following UMDVS Lecture by PROFESSOR JOÃO CEZAR DE CASTRO ROCHA (UERJ/FAPERJ):




Date: December 5, 2023

Time: 16:00

Venue: E4-G053 – University of Macau

Poetics of Emulation and Reading Across Cultures: Towards a Non-Hegemonic Theoretical Framework


The theoretical framework proposed in this lecture advances the concepts of Shakespearean cultures and poetics of emulation. In both cases, I seek to expand on the challenge of mimesis, made even keener by the emergence of the world-system in the modern era. Shakespearean cultures, in general, grew out of non-hegemonic environments; thus, the poetics of emulation tends to be honed amidst such circumstances. What I seek is to understand the worldview of those cultures and the procedures of this poetics. This is the concern behind the project of a “poetics of emulation” characteristic of Shakespearean cultures, a poetics articulated in situations of asymmetrical power dynamics. This strategy includes an array of procedures employed by intellectuals, writers, and artists who find themselves on the less fortunate side of such exchanges, be they cultural, political, or economic.