Manuel Portela

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Manuel Portela is Professor in Anglo-American Studies in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Coimbra, Portugal, where he teaches courses on literature and new media. He is the author of O Comércio da Literatura: Mercado e Representação [The Commerce of Literature: Marketplace and Representation] (Lisbon: Antígona, 2003), a study of the English literary market in the 18th century, and Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-reflexive Machines (MIT Press, 2013). He has translated fiction, poetry, and theatre, including works by Laurence Sterne, William Blake, and Samuel Beckett. He received the National Award for Translation for Tristram Shandy in 1998. He has published, exhibited, and performed his own sound, visual and digital works. He is a contributing editor of PO.EX: A Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Literature (, the general editor of the LdoD Archive: Collaborative Digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet (, and director of the PhD Program in the Materialities of Literature at the University of Coimbra. (

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Title Publication Type Publisher Year
Electronic Literature Translation : Translation as Process, Experience and Mediation Article in an online journal 2018
Writing under Constraint of the Regime of Computation Article or chapter in a book Bloomsbury Academic 2018
Processing Words, or Suspended Inscriptions Written with Light Article in an online journal, Review Electronic Book Review (ebr) 2016
Topologia digital da página impressa no Arquivo Digital da PO.EX Article in an online journal Colóquio/Letras 2016
p2p: Polish-Portuguese E-Lit Anthology of creative work or online gallery 2015
Multimodal Editing and Archival Performance: A Diagrammatic Essay on Transcoding Experimental Literature Article in an online journal DHQ Digital Humanities Quarterly 2014
Electronic Publishing Models for Experimental Literature Article in an online journal Edições UFP 2013
Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-Reflexive Machines Book (monograph) - print The MIT Press 2013
Scripts for Infinite Readings Conference paper or presentation 2013
Theoretical Permutations for Reading Cybertexts Article in an online journal, Review DHQ Digital Humanities Quarterly 2013
Autoauthor, Autotext, Autoreader: The Poem as Self-assembled Database Article in an online journal Writing Technologies 2012
Autoautor, Autotexto, Autoleitor: O Poema como Base de Dados Article in a print journal Revista de Estudos Literários 2012
O Poema no Caminho do Leitor e o Leitor no Caminho do Poema Article (other medium), Collection on Disc, CD-ROM, DVD Edições UFP 2012
Performing the Digital Archive: Remediation, Emulation, Recreation Conference paper or presentation 2012
PO.EX (Interview with Manuel Portela) Interview 2012
Between Code and Motion: Generative and Kinetic Poetry in French, Portuguese, and Spanish Article in a print journal Romance Notes 2011
PO.EX '70-­80: The Electronic Multimodal Repository Conference paper or presentation 2011
DigLitWeb: Digital Literature Web Other 2010
Kinetic Poetry Other 2010
Scripting Writing and Reading in Jim Andrews's Digital Poems Conference paper or presentation 2010
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