The concept of the fulgor is borrowed from Portuguese Writer Maria Gabriela Llansol. According to Llansol, fulgor is a dazzling brightness, a rupture in time and historicity that harbors the possibility of unexpected encounters from the margins. Imbued of utopian potentiality, the fulgor is mutable, nomadic, and precarious. For Llansol the everyday struggle for the fulgor is the outcome of a continuous battle: An everyday effort to reach clarity, intensity— a wish for scintillation in the dull and blurred landscape of the contemporary world (Llansol 2018). The fulgor, being a moment of sudden revelation or insight, opens up a deeper understanding of time (Mendonça 2013). We are no longer in the time and space of narrative and succession, but in a fulgurous space, where characters are subtracted from history to become part of another order of meaning, being transmuted into Figuras, who in an unexpected encounter of diverse wills, form a community of rebels. Through a technique of fragmentation and superimposition, the fulgor introduces a break in historicity, putting us in the presence of encounters that have yet to take place, hence changing the order of things.

As its main features are the irruption of something new—a ‘not yet’— which jams the categories of time and space, the fulgor has the potential to provoke surprising encounters of things unequal, and the emergence of rebellious alliances, introducing shifts in time, space and social relations. The fulgor is an affirmation and oppositional force to think beyond the politics of dis/possession.




Llansol, M. G. (2018). The Geography of Rebels Trilogy: The Book of communities, The Remaining Life, In: the House of July and August. Dallas, Texas: Deep Vellum Publishing.

Mendonça, J. (2013). A luta quotidiana pelo fulgor. Pastoral da Cultura, [online]. Available at: A luta quotidiana pelo fulgor | Secretariado Nacional da Pastoral da Cultura [Accessed 1 Oct.2018].