Prof Hélio ALVES

Prof Hélio ALVES

Associate Professor
8822 8922

Consultation Hours
Tuesdays, from 11:00 to 13:00

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After schooling in Portugal, Great Britain and, for very brief periods, in the United States, he got his B. A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (special subject: Russian) and M. A. in Romance Languages and Literatures from the University of London, UK. Upon returning to Portugal, he took a Masters degree in Portuguese Literature and Culture from the Universidade Nova in Lisbon, before joining the University of Évora.

Research Interests

Prof. Alves is interested in supervising PhD students in Portuguese and European Renaissance rhetoric, poetry and poetics; Portuguese philology; intertextuality, intersubjectivity and cross-cultural contacts between early modern Portuguese literature and literatures in other languages; comparative literature (nationalisms, literary history, genre, literature and the arts) and literary theory and criticism, with special reference to Lusophone literature.


Hélio Alves joined the University of Macau as Associate Professor of Portuguese Literature in January 2019. Prior to this, he took a Doctorate in Portuguese Literature and a Agregação, the highest qualification in the Portuguese academic career. Apart from his long-standing contribution to the University of Évora, Portugal, Prof. Alves was invited to teach, examine and give academic talks in other Universities in Europe and the United States. As a researcher and author, he is a well-known scholar of Renaissance and Early Modern Portuguese and Comparative Literature.

Professional Experience

Apart from his regular activities in teaching, researching, administration and community outreach, Prof. Alves taught, examined and lectured at the Universities of Berlin (Freie), Coimbra, Harvard, Lisbon, New York (Graduate Center), Oxford, Paris-Sorbonne, Pavia, Rutgers and Yale, among others. He has been a referee for the national government institutions supporting R&D in Portugal, Spain and Italy. He is also past President of the Portuguese Comparative Literature Association (APLC), former Vice-Director of a Research Centre (CIDEHUS) and Head of the Masters Graduate School in U. Évora’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

Selected Publications


  • White, Landeg and Hélio J. S. Alves (2018), Poetas que não eram Camões/Poets who weren’t Camões, col. “Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura”, Lisboa: Universidade Católica Editora, 320 pp. ISBN 9789725405864 (e-book ISBN 9789725405888)
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2018), “Gil Vicente e o teatro europeu da primeira modernidade” in José Augusto Cardoso Bernardes e José Camões (eds.), Compêndio de Gil Vicente, “Coimbra Companions”, Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra / Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda, pp. 67-84. ISBN 978-989-26-1547-9 (IUC) 978-972-27-2710-5 (INCM)
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2017),“Milton in Portuguese: a Story in Blank Verse” in Angelica Duran, Islam Issa & Jonathan R. Olson (eds.), Milton in Translation, New York: Oxford University Press, chapter 14, pp. 249-264. Bio note, p. xv. ISBN 978-019-875482-4
  • Alves, Hélio J. S (2015)., “Luís de Camões” [bibliographical essay] Oxford Bibliographies, Oxford University Press.
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2015), “Sooner than Shakespeare: Inwardness and Lexicon in the Drama of Gil Vicente and António Prestes” in T. F. Earle and Catarina Fouto (eds.), The Reinvention of Theatre in Sixteenth-Century Europe. Traditions, Texts and Performance, London: Legenda, pp. 1-26. ISBN 978-1-907975-76-9
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2015), “O problema da edição princeps e as edições do século XVI”, AAVV, Camões nos Prelos de Portugal e da Europa (1563-2000). A Biblioteca Camoniana de D. Manuel II, Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra/Fundação da Casa de Bragança, pp. 15-22. ISBN 978-989-26-1054-2
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2015), “Entre 1801 e 1900: edições da epopeia na Biblioteca de D. Manuel II”, AAVV, Camões nos Prelos de Portugal e da Europa (1563-2000). A Biblioteca Camoniana de D. Manuel II, Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra/Fundação da Casa de Bragança, pp. 41-47. ISBN 978-989-26-1054-2
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2015), “As traduções espanholas de «Os Lusíadas»”, AAVV, Camões nos Prelos de Portugal e da Europa (1563-2000). A Biblioteca Camoniana de D. Manuel II, Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra/Fundação da Casa de Bragança, pp. 153-156. ISBN 978-989-26-1054-2
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2014), Jerónimo Corte-Real. Sepúlveda e Lianor. Canto Primeiro, Coimbra: Centro Interuniversitário de Estudos Camonianos, 202 pp. ISBN: 978-989-8660-04-6
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2014), “Góngora y Corte-Real a la luz de dos intuiciones de Eugenio Asensio” in Alain Bègue y Antonio Pérez Lasheras (coords.), «Hilaré tu memoria entre las gentes». Estudios de literatura áurea (en homenaje a Antonio Carreira), 2 voll., col. “Humanidades”, Zaragoza: Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza; Poitiers: CELES XVII-XVIII/Université de Poitiers, vol. 1, pp. 25-53. ISBN 978-84-15770-97-8
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2012), “«Para que el mundo debajo de tanta verdad vea lo que por ficciones admira»: historicidade e maravilha nos poemas épicos em castelhano e português (1566-1588)”, Mélanges de la Casa de Velázquez, 42 (1), pp. 35-47. ISSN 0076-230X.
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2010), “Teoría de la Épica en el Renacimiento Portugués” in María José Vega e Lara Vilà (org.), Teoría de la Épica en el Siglo XVI (España, Francia, Italia y Portugal), Seminario de Poética Europea del Renacimiento/Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo, pp. 137-173. ISBN 978-84-96915-57-2
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2007), Fernando Pessoa. Crítica Literária, Casal de Cambra (Sintra): Caleidoscópio, 212 pp. ISBN 978-989-8010-48-3
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2006), Tempo para Entender. História Comparada da Literatura Portuguesa, Casal de Cambra (Sintra): Caleidoscópio (col. “Da Literatura”), 204 pp. ISBN 989-8010-23-1
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2006), “O som e a fúria d’Os Lusíadas”, Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies, vol. VII, 2003 [2006], University of California Santa Barbara, pp. 49-65. ISSN 1077-5943
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2005), “Presença da Odisseia em Camões”, Revista Camoniana, 3ª série, vol. 17, São Paulo: EDUSC, pp. 39-47. ISSN 0103-3239
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2002), “Post-Imperial Bacchus: the politics of literary criticism in Camões studies 1940-2001”, Portuguese Literary & Cultural Studies, 9 (Fall 2002) “Post-Imperial Camões”,\ University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, pp. 95-106. ISSN 1521-804X
  • Alves, Hélio J. S. (2001), Camões, Corte-Real e o Sistema da Epopeia Quinhentista, Coimbra: Por Ordem da Universidade (col. “Acta Universitatis Conimbrigensis”), XXIV + 748 pp. ISBN: 972-616-219-X