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Small epics. For a history of Brazilian literature 'from below'.
The aim of the course is to trace a history of Brazilian literature through works that, in the 20th century and beyond, narrate the resistance of the 'succumbed' codependents, from the regionalist novel to the poetry of the 'retirantes', from migrants to urban violence.
The course is intended for students in the Degree Course in Foreign Languages and Cultures 2nd and 3rd year
Lessons are held in Italian and some texts will be read in Portuguese. The lectures will be in presential mode. The course also includes a number of seminar lectures and conferences held by lecturers from other universities and the presentation of books by writers and translators.
Attendance is not compulsory and is not monitored, but is nevertheless strongly recommended, especially for those who have never had any background in Lusophone literature.
The course aims to investigate the 'little epics' of anti-heroes that animate a literature of resistance, struggle and merciless description of reality. The course, from a chronological point of view, begins with the season of the great regionalist novel (in particular 'Vidas secas' by Graciliano Ramos) and continues with the first phase of Jorge Amado's fiction (the port and factory of Salvador da Bahia). The third stage is considered by the examination of the theme of 'retirantes' in the poetry of Joao Cabral de Melo Neto and concludes with 'favela' fiction, a mirror of contemporaneity.
Course keywords: Brazil, latifundia, favela, literature, city
Luciana Stegagno Picchio, Storia della letteratura brasiliana, Torino, Einaudi, 1997
Boris Fausto, Breve storia del Brasile, Cagliari, 2010
Antonio Cândido, Formação da literatura brasileira Voll. 1 e 2, Itatiaia, 2000
Graciliano Ramos, Vite secche, Roma, Biblioteca del Vascello, 1997
Jorge Amado, un romanzo a scelta fra Jubiaba, Sudore, Cacao, Capitani della spiaggia
Joao Cabral de Melo Neto, Morte e vita severina, Roma, Robin, 2003
Geovani Martins, Il sole in testa, Milano, Mondadori, 2018
Marcello Quintanilha, Ascolta, bella Marcia, Fandango, Milano, 2022
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 arrange a bibliography.
Office hours: Wendsday, 11 a.m.
Classes will take place in the first semester (starting in the first week of October) and will be face-to-face.
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).
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