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The project for researching the role played by libraries in canon-formation (namely through their policies regarding the creation, organization, preservation, and utilization of the collections) will be presented and discussed. We selected the Library of the Faculty of Humanities, Lisbon University, a modern academic library, created in 1859, by royal decree of D. Pedro V, following his canonical choice. Actually, the two contemporary rulers of new Britannia—Prince Albert, his cousin, and Queen Victoria—held this king in high consideration for his outstanding contribution to Portuguese modernisation. Representing various fields of study, the collections were decisive to canon-formation in the Faculty of Humanities. Thus, we have been trying to answer the following questions: who has been creating, organizing, preserving, and utilizing the collections, from the mid-nineteenth century onwards? When, where and how? Presently, we are studying the collections in English, namely the works belonging or referring to the long nineteenth century. Richard Garnett’s “The International Library of Famous Literature” (London, 1899) is our first case-study. The anthology determined the Western literary, cultural and visual canon at the turning of the century, as evidenced by comparing it to the Portuguese and Spanish editions, published at the beginning of the twentieth century.
|Keywords:||Canon-Formation, Libraries, Heritage, Reception, English, Comparative Studies|
Associate Professor, English Studies Department, Faculty of Humanities, University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal
Librarian, Faculty Library, Faculty of Humanities, Lisbon University, Portugal
Head of the Library Division, Library Division, Faculty of Humanities, University of Lisbon and University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies, Lisbon University, Lisbon, Portugal
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