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Global Crossings: Brazil and Cultural Dialogues in the Portuguese-Speaking World


Admission requirements

Language of instruction is Portuguese. Keuzevakstudenten: please contact tutor.


This course examines the cultural dialogues and intersections of Brazil in global perspective, with a particular focus on Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia. The course will discuss key cultural concepts and a variety of texts and genres (written and filmic) as it explores a fascinating history of cultural exchange. Topics covered might include: the Atlantic as a space of memory and resistance, culture as resistance in colonial and postcolonial contexts; cultural representations of slavery and its aftermath; writing and orality; migration and diaspora; the influence of Brazilian modernism in Africa; transatlantic dialogues in contemporary Mozambican cinema.

Course objectives

Gain an understanding of key historical and contemporary connections of Brazil in transnational perspective, with particular attention to Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia.
Study of some key authors and texts in the development of Lusophone African national canons and connections with Brazilian culture.
Develop critical and analytical skills through close textual analysis of literary and filmic texts.
Familiarize students with cultural theories, literary/film criticism and theoretical frameworks which help illuminate the texts at hand.
Spoken and written presentation skills.
Development of critical and analytical skills (oral and written).
Communication and presentation skills (oral and written).
Research skills.



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course Load

  • 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

Assessment method

2 essay compositions, one of which to be submitted at the end of the course (approx. 1500 and 2500 words respectively) (Major students: in Portuguese). First essay 35% of mark, 2nd essay 40%, plus class presentation weighted at 25% of final mark.

Resit: essay submission.

the final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average


Blackboard Materials will be made available to students in due course.

Reading list

Reading list will be made available to students in due course.


Registration uSis

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


Dr Sara Brandellero


Minimum attendance requirement to complete the module: 70% attendance.