The UMass Dartmouth Department of Portuguese (BA, MA, PhD)

presents a public lecture


Objects, Plants, and Animals – The Naturalization of Women 

in Eça de Queirós’s Os Maias (1888)* 

Diana Simões, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Thursday, October 1st, 2020, 5:30pm (Boston time) 

on Zoom @ 

Prof. Simões’s lecture will be delivered in Portuguese

In the Q & A period, questions may be posed in English or in Portuguese.

AbstractThe naturalization of women in Os Maias (1888) relies on the juxtaposition of the female characters to plants, animals, and objects, thus placing them outside of the bounds of human subjectivity, a process Julia Kristeva conceptualizes as the abjection. The dehumanization of women through the partial lens of the male narrator is central to the sustenance of patriarchal power, requiring a critical feminist approach. Using the notion of “unreliable narrator,” coined by Wayne C. Booth, this study of the narrator’s linguistic habits suggests that the naturalization of women undermines the supposed neutrality of the novel’s realist perspective. Accordingly, this reading of Os Maias contributes to the deconstruction of the patriarchal paradigm by making visible the underlying structures of anthropocentric hierarchy in the novel.

Bio-blurbDiana Simões is a visiting instructor of Portuguese at UMass Lowell. She earned her PhD in Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies from UMass Dartmouth in 2019. Her research focuses on posthumous narration in twentieth- and twenty-first-century short stories and novels in Portuguese through the lens of postcolonial theory. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on her book manuscript

This is a public event, with registration; all welcome! 

To register, please email Prof. Viktor Mendes at

Fonte: Center for Portuguese Studies & Culture, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth