Journal of Romance Studies

The end of civilization in Álvaro do Carvalhal: eating children is wrong

Journal of Romance Studies (2011), 11, (3), 109–119.

Abstract

Álvaro do Carvalhal’s novella, Os canibais, offers a plot in which gothic high Romanticism and horror combine to address preoccupations that were pertinent to theoretical, literary and sociopolitical thought at the end of the nineteenth century and remain so today. The breaking of two taboos, kin-slaying and cannibalism invite reflection on parameters of justice and the law within the societies and periods to which the former give definition, and on how the destabilization of the former impact on the latter.

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Lisboa, Maria Manuel