Portuguese Literature Courses

PORT 20: The Portuguese-Speaking World and Its Literatures and Cultures: The Definition of an Identity

This course deals with colonial and modern Portuguese-speaking world, including continental and insular Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Asia.  Readings (both theoretical and fictional), film, music, and materials from the mass media that deal with the cultural identities and social roles of colonial and modern subjects are approached under different techniques of critical reading and interpretation.  The second part of the course, with the disputed "definitions" of Brazilian identity, revises some "theories" or "myths" like that of "racial democracy".  The basic reading in this part is O Que Faz o brasil, Brasil? (What Does Make brazil Brazil?), by Roberto DaMatta, which focuses on the core aspects of the Brazilian identity (or Brazilian stereotyped identity).  Considerable emphasis will be placed on speaking and writing skills.  Open to first-year students by qualifying test and to others who have passed PORT 9 (LSA+) or have equivalent preparation.  PORT 20 is a prerequisite for the Portuguese Foreign Study Program, and also counts towards the minor in Portuguese or the major in Romance Languages and modified majors.  Dist: Culture and Identity.

PORT 25: Advanced Portuguese Composition

D.F.S.P. Intensive essay writing workshop with discussion focusing on Brazilian culture. Advanced grammar, sentence structure and word usage provide a framework for excellence in writing. Exercises are based on readings of materials from diverse sources in contemporary Brazilian culture, history, politics and current events. Credit for this course is awarded to students who have successfully completed the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program in Salvador, Brazil. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Dist: WCult: NW.

PORT 35: Advanced Studies in Brazilian Culture and Society

D.F.S.P. A course in Brazilian culture and society taught in the context of the Foreign Studies Program. Lectures by local personnel concentrate on contemporary political, social, economic and religious institutions and issues and their historical background. Visits to sites supplement lectures when appropriate. Assigned work includes preparation of short papers, oral presentations and exams, assessed at the advanced level. Students will also write a research paper based on group visits requiring sessions additional to regular classes. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW.

In Winter 2016 - PORT 35.01: There Won't Be a World Cup: Social Shifts in Contemporary Brazil

This class will be offered on campus and will explore social, political, and economic issues in contemporary Brazil. Since 2013, the climate in Brazilian society has become more and more tense due to a series of street protests and polarized public debates on race, class, political representation, democracy, religion, gender, sexuality, environmental protection and economic justice. Brazilian present scenario will be discussed in relation to historical and cultural contexts. Materials for the course will include films, documentaries, music, and a wide variety of readings (mainstream media, blogs, academic essays, official documents, fiction). Invited guests (scholars, activists, journalists, artists) will deliver lectures, in presential or remote way. Professor: Minchillo

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PORT 36: Studies in Contemporary Brazilian Literature

D.F.S.P. This course explores trends in Brazilian literature from the 1960s to the present. Genres include novels, plays, short stories and poetry, as well as song lyrics of literary quality from various musical genres. Prominent themes include, but are not limited to, the socio-political experience of the dictatorship, urban and suburban life, and literature by women. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

PORT 60: The Portuguese-Speaking World: Literature and Culture by Period

This course focuses on the study of the most important historical periods and cultural movements affecting the Portuguese-speaking world. It is organized according to chronological eras that are marked by distinct cultural and literary movements. Areas covered are the Middle Ages, the culture of the Renaissance and the Baroque, the period of Explorations, Colonial period, Enlightenment and Modernity, Nineteenth-Century, Romanticism and Realism, the Avant-Gardes, Postmodernism, and new developments in the contemporary period. One or more periods may be selected for study. Prerequisite: PORT 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In Winter 2017 - Portuguese 60.03: America and the Oblique Gaze

The starting point for this discussion is the cultural category I have called "oblique gaze" (Franconi, 1997, 98, 00, 02, …), which is the perception of the cultural neighbor next door in the Americas: Portuguese-Spanish America, the Caribbean and Latin America, Latin America-United States etc. This critical concept originally emerged in a study on how Brazilian and Hispanic-American literatures construct images of the other commonly under marks of generalization, ignorance, stereotyping, distrust, antagonism, sublimation ... marks, in short, of inadequate representation of the other. The category is useful for all other "oblique gazes" throughout the Americas, as they appear in literature, film etc. In the present course relevant examples from Brazilian and Hispanic American literatures and audiovisual productions are introduced.

PORT 61: The Portuguese-Speaking World: Genre

This course will focus on the study of various genres present in the literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world: Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Asia. Each offering will be organized around one genre or more basic genres like poetry, narrative, drama, and essay. The course will provide students with the appropriate critical and theoretical vocabulary to address the specificity of the genre or sub-genre being studied, through the works of representative Portuguese-language authors in their historical, social and cultural context. Prerequisite: PORT 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

PORT 62: Film Media, Performance, and the Arts in the Portuguese-Speaking World

Film, television, the visual and graphic arts, and music have redefined national space and identity in the Portuguese-speaking world. Individual offerings of this course may focus on one or more of the following: film, television and the politics of mass media; theater, performance and performativity; festivals, popular and folk songs, comics and the graphics arts; sports and national identity. Students will become familiar with relevant concepts in analysis, theory, and cultural studies and learn how issues of representation in those cultural productions are linked to their literary counterparts. Prerequisite: PORT 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: varies.

In Fall 2015 - Portuguese 62.02: The Lusophone World Throughout Its Cinema: From Angola to Timor Leste

This course is designed as an introduction to Portuguese-language film studies aiming to reach a broader understanding of the diversity of the Lusophone world through its cinema. It will focus on technical and theoretical aspects of film, artistic literacy, and questions of identity - the cultural, social and historical aspects of Lusophone countries, and close reading and analysis of meanings conveyed in Lusophone films. Feature and short films will be selected from the most representative cinematic productions from Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Students will watch three to four movies per week and write commentaries to each movie, which will be discussed in class. A final project, developed along the term, complements the work in this course. Prerequisite: PORT 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: NW. Professor: Franconi.

PORT 63: Special Topics. Literary and Cultural Productions of the Portuguese-Speaking World

This course is offered periodically with varying content so that writers, genres, historical contexts, or theoretical approaches not otherwise provided in the curriculum may be studied. The course can be offered any term and its distinct content, theoretical or methodological approach will depend on the interests of the instructor. Prerequisite: PORT 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

In Spring 2016 - Portuguese 63.03: Dismantling paradise: representations of violence in Brazilian arts

In recent years, there has been a radical change in how Brazilian society conceives itself, and in the kind of self-image it conveys. The ever-repeated maxim of a cohesive, friendly and tolerant people living under a peaceful social contract has been corroded by facts and figures, dismissing classic anthropological interpretations such as that of "democracia racial", proposed by Gilberto Freyre. For decades now, literature, theater, cinema and popular music have been anticipating these shifts, producing deviant discourses that puts brutality, unfairness, racism, oppression and violence at the core of Brazilian society. This course will trace representations of violence in a wide range of Brazilian artistic expressions, from mid-19th century to the present. Along with literary texts, music, cinema, photography, graphic novels and visual art, we will examine some critical and theoretical approaches to better understand concepts like artistic representation and social violence. Professor: Carlos Minchillo.

In Spring 2017 - Portuguese 63.04: Brazil Today: Identity and Culture in the 21st Century

This course aims at probing Brazilian society in the 21st century. Darcy Ribeiro’s “theory of Brazil” will function as a starting point from which to analyze the conflicts and new configurations in recent Brazilian history. The consequences of Portuguese colonization, the contributions of indigenous groups—as well as from other peoples from around the globe—will be juxtaposed with contemporary events and artistic interpretations. By the end of the course, students shall be able to understand and explore the contrasts, fragmentation and changing identities of Brazil today. Professor: Mauricio Sellmann Oliveira.

PORT 80: Seminar

This seminar is designed to provide students specializing in Portuguese studies with a small group setting that facilitates in-depth exploration of key aspects of the discipline. The seminar will encourage students to research and explore relevant topics related to the literature and arts of the Portuguese-speaking world and experiment with the application of the different concepts under discussion in new and creative ways (essay writing, short story writing, visual arts projects, performance pieces, etc.). This course may serve in satisfaction of the culminating experience requirement for Romance Language and modified majors with a concentration in Portuguese. Prerequisite: PORT 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT.

In Spring 2015 - The Short Story in the Lusophone World Literatures

This seminar is introduced by a brief theory of short stories and the history of the genre in the Lusophone world. A close reading approach associated with literary critical trends directs the discussion on the diverse range of topics focused by the short stories selected. Selections are drawn from the eight Portuguese-speaking countries (Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor) as well as from former Portuguese overseas territory of Goa (India), former colony of Macao (China), and Lusophone communities in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Professor: Rodolfo Franconi    

PORT 83: Independent Reading and Research

A program of individual study directed by a member of the Spanish and Portuguese faculty. PORT 83 will normally consist of a program of reading and research that is not covered in regularly scheduled course offerings. After consultation with the faculty advisor of the project, all Independent Study proposals must be submitted for approval to the Department. Under normal circumstances, no student may receive credit for this course more than once. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study proposal must identify their topic and faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval by the last week of the term prior to registering for PORT 83.

PORT 90: Honors Course

Supervised independent research under the direction of a designated advisor. Honors students will normally elect this course as the first in the required sequence (90 and 91) for completion of the Honors Program. PORT 90 is intended to prepare the student for writing the Honors thesis, through readings in primary and secondary texts, theory and methodology. The course will include periodic written assignments and culminate in a final paper. Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.

PORT 91: Honors Seminar

A prearranged program of study and research during any term of the senior year, on a tutorial basis, with individual faculty members (normally the thesis advisor). A thesis and public presentation are the expected culmination of the course. Prerequisite: Prior admission to the Department’s Honors Program; clear evidence of capability to perform honors level work, normally indicated by completion of PORT 90 with a grade of B+ or higher.