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PORTUGUESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE I

CODE 55863
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 1st year of 8740 LINGUE E CULTURE MODERNE (L-11) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR L-LIN/08
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course provides a general introduction to Portuguese-language literatures and an in-depth study of their relationship with their respective socio-cultural contexts: Portugal, Brazil, Portuguese-speaking African countries.

    The course is aimed at first-year students for a total of 36 hours (6 cfu)

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The literary history of Portuguese-speaking countries is closely connected to historical-political dynamics. Interdisciplinary dialogue is therefore essential. In the Portuguese case, it will be essential to acquire skills related to the maritime dimension (the Geographical Discoveries) and the political dimension (especially as regards the 20th century). For Brazil, teaching will make use of elements of anthropology (to address specific topics such as the formation of Brazilian society in relation to slavery and the indigenous world).

    TEACHING METHODS

    The lectures are held in Italian. The course also includes a number of seminar lectures and conferences held by lecturers from other universities and the presentation of books with the participation of writers and translators.

    Attendance is not monitored but is nevertheless highly recommended, especially for those who have never had any background in Lusophone literature.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    After a general introduction to the main theoretical lines of literature and cultural studies, the lectures will take a path through Portuguese, Brazilian and African literatures and cultures produced by Portuguese-speaking countries. In particular, the most important stages and fundamental junctures will be analysed: the origins (the Gallego-Portuguese lyricism), 15th-century historiography (and the subject of the Descobrimentos), the 16th century (from the 'discovery' of Brazil' to the Camonian epic) the decline and the difficult path into modernity up to the avant-gardes of the 20th century (with a double discourse addressed on the one hand to Brazilian Modernism and São Paulo of '22 and on the other to Fernando Pessoa and the poetics of heteronymy), the period from the Portuguese regime of the Estado Novo up to democracy and contemporaneity.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Luciana Stegagno Picchio, Storia della letteratura brasiliana, Torino, Einaudi, 1997

    AA.VV, (a cura di V. Tocco), Breve storia della Letteratura portoghese, Pisa, Carocci

    R. Francavilla, I. Mata, V. Tocco, Le letterature africane in lingua portoghese, Milano, Hoepli, 2022

    Fernando Tavares Pimenta, Storia politica del Portogallo contemporaneo, Torino, Le Monnier

    Boris Fausto, Breve storia del Brasile, Cagliari,

    Luís de Camões, I Lusiadi, Milano, Rizzoli, 2001

    Fernando Pessoa, Una sola moltitudine, Vol. I, Milano, Adelphi

    AA.VV, Il Portogallo è grande, in “Limes”, vol. monografico, 2009

    Two novels of your choice by Portuguese-language authors

    Further critical materials will be provided by the lecturer during the course of the lectures

    The bibliography is indicative and should be discussed with the lecturer during the module. Non-attending students are requested to contact the lecturer to agree on the bibliography.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Classes will take place in the first semester (starting in the first week of October) and will be face-to-face. 

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The exam will be a conversation in Italian or Portuguese and will consist of questions on the whole course (https:// servizionline.unige.it/studenti/esami).

     

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with a certified DSA, disability  

    or other special educational needs to contact the lecturer 

    at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination methods that 

    while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual 

    individual learning methods and provide suitable compensatory tools