Students who speak Portuguese and want to follow this course as an optional course: please contact tutor.
Literature studied in a cultural context provides a fascinating entry point into the formation and complex social make-up of Brazil, the world’s largest Portuguese-speaking country. This course will consider a selection of texts from different genres (including film) drawn from late 19th to 21st centuries to help us understand some of the key issues relevant to Brazil today and significant trends in contemporary cultural production and the formation of the national imaginary. Among the issues we might consider are: representations of the favela from outside and inside the shantytowns; writing and resistance in Afro-Brazilian communities; poetry, music and politics; indigeneity in literature and film.
Reach an understanding of some of the fundamental connections between literature, culture and society in modern Brazil.
Development of critical and analytical skills (oral and written).
Communication skills (oral and written).
Mode of instruction
Total course of 5 EC is 140 hours.
Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hrs
Time for studying the compulsory literature/view films/material online: 70 hours
Time for completing assignments or preparation classes: 10 hours
Time to write essays (incl.preparation/research): 34 hours
2 essay compositions: the first of approx 900-1000 words (35% of mark); the second of 1100-1200 words (40% of mark);
Class presentation = 25% of mark.
Assignments can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. For major students, assignments in Portuguese.
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used for:
- Study materials and assessment purposes.
Reading list will be made available to students in due course.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats
Minimum attendance requirement to complete the module: 70% attendance.