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 Spring 2021 - The Poetry of Brazilian Popular Music - MPB.
This course will focus on the various lyrical trends of the Brazilian songbook from its first manifestations as Brazilian Popular Music. Folk music and regional songs will not be part of this course, appearing only as support for the better understanding of certain trends and influences. The objective of the course is to follow the lyrical expression in Brazilian songs through the century and see how they have translated the soul of its people. Brazilian popular music, perhaps more than any other artistic expression, reveals the intricacies of a national identity that is continuously built in Brazil. In addition to historical and cultural information, which can be found in the bibliography, we will examine some of the several themes present in Brazilian song, which, for purposes of organization we call "thematic clusters", namely, 1. Visions of Brazil; 2. The Indian; 3. The Black; 4 The "Malandro"; 5. The Protests; 6. The self-references (songs and songwriters); 7. Women and Men. Students will not only have the opportunity to listen to songs, footage from original performances will also be utilized throughout the course. Dist.: ART; WCult: NW. Professor: Rodolfo Franconi.