Isabel Cardigos

Isabel Cardigos

Institutional address:
Centro de Estudos Ataíde Oliveira,
Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais,
Universidade do Algarve
Campus de Gambelas, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal

T. +351 289 800 900, exts. 7828, 7828;
F.+351 289 800 967



Academic Background

Licenciateship in English and German Philological Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Coimbra (1968)

PhD in Portuguese Studies, King’s College London. Dissertation: “In and out of enchantment: Blood symbolism and gender in Portuguese fairytales” (1993)

Teaching Career

1993-99 Senior Lecturer (“Professora Auxiliar”) at the Department of Humanities, University of the Algarve. Teaching subjects, Medieval Portuguese Literature and Oral Literature.

1999- Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, University of the Algarve. Same teaching subjects and

2000-02 Coordinator of M.A. in Portuguese Literature, with two branches: Medieval Literature and Oral Literature.

Research Career

1994 Co-Founder and Director of Research Centre for Oral Literature “Centro de Estudos Ataíde Oliveira” (CEAO).

1995 Co-founder and co-director (with J. J. Dias Marques) of the journal Estudos de Literatura Oral.


Supervisor of the projects

1996-99 Catalogue and Archive of the Portuguese Folktale (PRAXIS 1995) and

2000-04 Archive of Portuguese Folktales and Folk-ballads (SAPIENS 2000)

Oct.2002- Transferred from the teaching career to the research career, within the University of the Algarve.

The projects above led do the creation of an Archive of Portuguese folktales in CEAO and to the publishing of a Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales by the Academia Scientiarum Fennica, Helsinki.

2006-07 Thanks to a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, over a thousand folktales from Portuguese-speaking countries will be added to a Portuguese version of the Catalogue above.

Member of

International Society for Folk Narrative Research (ISFNR) (since 1993).

Folklore Fellows Associate Member (since 1995)

Corresponding Editor of Journal of Indian Folkloristics (2000)

Advisory Board Member of a Marvels and Tales series on Fairy Tales (2003)

Publications in English (French or German):


In and Out of Enchantment: Blood Symbolism and Gender in Portuguese Fairytales, “FF Communications, nº 260”, Helsinki, Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 1996

Catalogue of Portuguese Folktales, “FF Communications nº 291”, Helsinki, Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 2006


“ ‘Ox Face’: Male and Female Journeys of Initiation in a Portuguese Folktale”, Portuguese Studies 5, Modern Humanities Research Association, London (1989), pp. 1-26

“Dona Marinha: Une Mélusine Portugaise” in Claude-Gilbert Dubois (org) L’Imaginaire de la Nation, Bordeaux, Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 1991, pp. 185-192

“Finding a Voice: Silenced maidens in the symbolic world of fairytales”, Maidens, Snakes and Dragons, Cesil Papers I, King’s College London, 1991, pp. 51-70

“Portuguese Fairytales: A Missing Piece in the European Jigsaw”, Portuguese at Leeds: a Selection of Essays from the Annual Semana Portuguesa, Leeds Iberian Papers, Leeds, 1995, pp. 73-97

“Stories About Time”, Portuguese Studies, 11, Modern Humanities Research Association, London (1995), pp. 192-199

“Female Model, Male Worldview: An analysis of two Portuguese fairytales”, in Leander Petzoldt, Folk Narrative and World View: Vorträge des 10. Kongresses der ISFNR, Innsbruck, Peter Lang, 1996, pp. 133-144

“Finding the Voices of Fairytales”, in L. Handoo e Ruth B. Bottigheimer, Folklore and Gender, Mysore, Zooni Publications, 1999, pp. 95-102

“The Wearing and Shedding of Enchanted Shoes”, Estudos de Literatura Oral, 5 (1999), pp. 219-226

“Once Upon a Time in Vale Judeu”, in Margaret Mac Donald, Traditional Storytelling Today: An International Sourcebook, Chicago / London, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1999, pp. 281-284

“Portugal”, entry for the Enzyklopädie des Märchens, Band 10, Lieferung 3 (2002), cols. 1204-1215

“Schue” entry in Enzyklopädie des Märchens, vol. 12 (2005), cols. 212-217

“Shojaei, Christine”, entry, Enzyklopädie des Märchens, vol. 12 (2006), cols. 611-613

“Portuguese Tales”, The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Folktales and Fairy Tales, edited by Donald Haase. Westport (Connecticut), London, Greenwood Press, 2008, pp. 758-762.

“The Enchanted Calendar of the Mouras Encantadas”, em Mirjam Mencej (org.) Time and Space, Lliubljana, Eslovénia (in press).

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