Manuel Portela

Essays by this author

A Strange Metapaper on Computing Natural Language


Without anonymous peer review, there can be no formal recognition of literary scholarship, and ebr is no exception. That said, our journal looks for occasions to turn our confidential reports into public riPOSTes, if the reviewer is so inclined. In this essay, our colleagues from Coimbra, Manuel Portelo and  Ana Marques da Silva, stage reflections on the peer reviews that their own scholarly work has generated, in earlier submissions to other peer review outlets. The “metapaper” that results, is a further step in the initiative not to do away with peer review, but to bring the process into the public sphere. 

Electronic Literature Translation: Translation as Process, Experience and Mediation


“[T]ranslation is merely a preliminary way of coming to terms with the foreignness of languages to each other.” (Walter Benjamin, “The Task of the Translator” [1921])

Processing Words, or Suspended Inscriptions Written with Light


In this review, Manuel Portela considers Matthew G. Kirschenbaum’s Track Changes in light of a “general computerization of the modes of production of writing.”