Alda Rodrigues








Bio note

Alda Rodrigues has an MA and a Ph.D in Literary Theory (University of Lisbon, 2009, 2015). Her BA (a five-year licenciatura) was in Modern Languages and Literature: Portuguese-English (University of Porto, 1996). From 1996 to 2006, she worked as a full-time lexicographer, editing and updating bilingual and monolingual dictionaries. Since 2015 she has worked as a freelance translator and proofreader. She translated, among others, works by Henry David Thoreau, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, George Orwell, H. G. Wells, Julian Barnes, Robert Macfarlane, and Karan Mahajan. She is the author of the column Faca de Papel.


Academic Expertise and Research interests

Her main research interests are the human processes of perceiving, understanding, and making sense. In her MA dissertation, Two or Three Things about Film, she studied the connections between words and pictures in film, namely in the works of Robert Bresson and Alfred Hitchcock. In her Ph.D dissertation, A Theory of Collecting, the main focus was the relationship between people and objects, and the way the second are used by the first to make sense of themselves and the world around them. Her work is at the intersection of linguistics, literary theory, philosophy and the history of art.



Book chapters 

  • «The Collector at Home» in Miguel Ramalhete Gomes e Márcia Lemos (eds.). 2017. Exchanges between Literature and Science from the 1800s to the 2000s: Converging Realms. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • «People and Things: Questions Museums Make Us Ask and Answer» in Anna Bergqvist, Victoria S. Harrison e Gary Kemp (eds.). 2016. Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, Cambridge University Press.



  • Shamsie, Kamila. 2017. Conflito Interno. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água.
  • AAVV. 2017. Entrevistas da Paris Review. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China.
  • Conrad, Joseph. 2017. Lorde Jim. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água.
  • Swift, Graham. 2017. «O Talhante de Bermondsey» in Granta 9. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 191-223.
  • Wells, H.G. 2017. O Homem Invisível. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água.
  • Mahajan, Karan. 2017. A Associação das Pequenas Bombas. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água.
  • Thoreau, Henry David. 2016. Walden e Ktaadn. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água.
  • Orwell, George. 2016. Dias Birmaneses. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água.
  • Macfarlane, Robert. 2016. «Caminhar na Cisjordânia» in Granta 8. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 85-105.
  • Barnes, Julian. 2016. «Encurralar. Dominar. Foder.» in Granta 7. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 115-146.
  • Kipling, Rudyard. 2016. Os Livros da Selva. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água, 291-391.
  • Macfarlane, Robert. 2015. «Caminhar à Noite» in Granta 6. Lisboa: Tinta-da-China, 45-52.
  • McGee, Lisa. «Belavista», AAVV. 2010. Panos: Palcos Novos, Palavras Novas. Lisboa: Culturgest, 50-96.