Bird-Watching: An Intertextual History of ‘Song of Exile,’ Brazil’s Most Popular Poem
Written in Coimbra in 1843 by the Brazilian student António Gonçalves Dias, “Canção do Exílio” is one of the most popular poems of all time. Over the last 173 years, this Romantic nationalist text has inspired thousands of variations by writers from a number of countries in every period and literary genre, especially in Brazil, where its textual reinvention continues daily on blogs and sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. By applying theories and methods from literary criticism, historiography, the visual arts and network science, this collaborative exhibit, based on more than a thousand texts, songs, and photographs collected over the last three years, presents various visual readings of the immense and diverse influence of the poem.
This exhibition was a collaboration with Joshua Enslen, an Associate Professor at West Point, where he teaches courses in the areas of Portuguese as a Second Language and Brazilian Literature. Here's a link to a video report by the University of Coimbra about the exhibition.