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José Bértolo
PhD Student

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Biographical note:

    José Bértolo is a PhD student in the International PhD Programme in Comparative Studies – PhDComp (University of Lisbon, KU Leuven, University of Bologna), and he holds a fellowship by the Portuguese national funding agency (FCT) for an individual research project on spectrality in Portuguese cinema, particularly in the works of Paulo Rocha, Manoel de Oliveira, João Pedro Rodrigues and Pedro Costa. He is a member of the Centre for Comparative Studies (University of Lisbon School of Arts and Humanities), where he integrates the research team of project RIAL – Reality and Imagination in Art and Literature. His research is mainly focused on film studies and interart studies, with a special incidence on relations between film and other arts, and on questions of representation and figuration, ontology, and the materiality of images. He edited Falso Movimento, an online journal on writing and film, and A Escrita do Cinema: Ensaios (with Clara Rowland, Documenta, 2015), a book on writing and film, and authored a book on spectrality in the works of François Truffaut, Imagens em Fuga: Os Fantasmas de François Truffaut (Documenta, 2016).


    Main Research Areas: 

    • Film theory and philosophy (representation, figuration, ontology and materiality)
    • Film history (French cinema, Portuguese cinema, classical Hollywood cinema, silent film, avant-gardes and new waves)
    • Film analysis
    • Intermediality (cinema and literature, photography and painting)
    • Realism and spectrality in art
    • Melodrama

    Selected Publications:

    Books (author)

    Bértolo, José (2016), Imagens em Fuga: Os Fantasmas de François Truffaut. Lisboa: Documenta. http://www.sistemasolar.pt/pt/produto/284/pt/imagens-em-fuga-os-fantasmas-de-francois-truffaut/

    Books (editor)

    Bértolo, José and & Clara Rowland (org.) (2015) A Escrita do Cinema: Ensaios. Lisboa: Documenta.  http://www.sistemasolar.pt/pt/produto/218/pt/a-escrita-do-cinema-ensaios

    Articles and books chapters

    Bértolo, José (2016), “A vida das imagens: The Fall of the House of Usher, segundo Jean Epstein”, Organon, V. 31, N.º 61: Literatura e outras linguagens, 117-132. Online: http://seer.ufrgs.br/index.php/organon/article/view/65057/39252

    Bértolo, José (2016), “Finis Terræ, fora do mundo: notas sobre Jean Epstein e o mar”, in Pedro Eiras (org.), Libretos: Materiais para o fim do mundo – 6. Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, FLUP. Online: http://ilcml.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Libreto_Materiais-para-o-Fim-do-Mundo-6.pdf, 17-28.

    Bértolo, José (2016), “As palavras e os corpos: François Truffaut”, in Clara Rowland e Tom Conley (orgs.), Falso Movimento: ensaios sobre escrita e cinema. Lisboa: Cotovia, 93-106.

    Bértolo, José (2016), “Filmar em verso: Dimitri Kirsanoff e Herman G. Weinberg”, ESC:ALA: revista electrónica de estudos e práticas interartes, N.º 7. Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa, FLUP. Online: http://goo.gl/xBVH4v.

    Bértolo, José (2013), “Dimitri Kirsanoff na 1.ª vanguarda francesa”, Românica, N.º 21, Lisboa: Departamento de Literaturas Românicas, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, 163-172.

    Bértolo, José (2013), “Narração e storytelling em Mysterious Object at Noon, de Apichatpong Weerasethakul”, MatLit, Vol. 1, N.º 2, online: http://iduc.uc.pt/index.php/matlit/article/view/1657


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