“L’effet Lusiades”: voyage et fondation à la lumière de la pensée de l’évidence de Fernando Gil

Translated title of the contribution: "The Lusiad effect":: voyage and foundation at the light of Fernando Gil's theory of evidence

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The article explores the various aspect of a reading of Camoens' Lusiad undertaken by the philosopher Fernando Gil. It shds light on major themes of Portguese Renaissance and post-Renaissance culture, in a dialogue with litterary studies and the theory of knowledge. It questions th relationship between "inside" and "outside", and essential one since the Portuguese maritime expansion had begun, by means of two fundamental and non-dissociable realities of Portuguese history: foundation and voyage. With respect to the "inside", the article explores the vector of enclosing and appropriation charateristic of identity, in association with the movement of foundation; with respect to the "outside", the focus is on the movement of opening to that which is different, a process that characterizes voyage and discovery. According to Fernando Gil, Camoens' rhetorical effort consisted in trying to combine these two opposite approaches, without achieving the goal. Voyage cannot be assimilated to foundation, just as poetry remains irreducible to ideology: the "outside" and the desire that pushes toard it exceed the "inside" and challenge it ceaselessly.
Original languageFrench
Article number2
Pages (from-to)17-34
Number of pages18
JournalPortuguese Studies Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • foundation
  • Belief
  • self-evidence
  • hallucination
  • voyage

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