She was born in Coimbra in 1954 and is Professor at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Coimbra. She began teaching French Literature in 1980. After being awarded a Doctorate from the University of Poitier with a thesis on André Malraux, she obtained a Doctorate in 1991 from the University of Coimbra with a thesis on the work of Jules Supervielle. Since then she has dedicated her energy to the study of writers from France and the French-speaking world, with a particular focus on an analysis of narrative structures and textual symbolic networks. Her interest in the literary novel is seen in her Lógica do Incerto. Introdução à teoria da novela (Minerva, 1991) and, more pedagogically, in Atelier de Literatura (Minerva, 2003). Her recent translation of the poetic prose of Paul Valéry (Alfabeta, Coimbra University Press) bears witness to her liking for the form of short texts.