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Literatura e Nação no Brasil

Vak 2013-2014


  • BA Major Students: Inleiding Letterkunde Brazilie and Sprinters Portuguese 2 or equivalent (contact Tutor).
  • Other interested students: contact Tutor.


This course provides a survey of the development of Brazilian literature from the 19th century to the present day, through the study of a selection of key texts. The course will begin with the study of Machado de Assis (1839-1908), Brazil’s foremost writer, and will move on to consider the aesthetic and cultural innovations of the Modernist movement of the early 20th century, before studying some of Brazil’s most trailblazing writers, such as Graciliano Ramos and Clarice Lispector. The course will address issues such as literature’s role in the establishment of a sense of national identity vis-à-vis Brazil’s colonial past, the relationship between sertão (hinterland) and city, region and nation, migration, gender and race.


To gain an understanding of the development of Brazilian literature from 19th century to the present day.
To familiarize students with Brazilian cultural theories, literary criticism and theoretical frameworks which help illuminate the texts at hand.
Develop critical and analytical skills through close textual analysis. Develop presentation skills (written and oral) and research skills.




Lecture and seminar (hoor- en werkcollege)


2 essay compositions (Major Students: in Portuguese) 1000-1500 words. 40% each of final mark.
Presentation 20%

Resit: essay submission.




A detailed reading list of primary and secondary sources will be provided to students in due course via Blackboard.


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Dr.S.L.A.Brandellero, tel. 071-5271447