Literature Portuguese-Speaking World in Translation

HISP-P420 - Prof. Vieira — spring 2020

P420 Course description photo
Estela Vieira
BH 139
Days and Times
TR 2:30P-3:45P
Course Description

VT:  Gender, Family, Nation:  Literature in Portuguese

How do nation, family, and gender relate? In pursuing this question, this course offers students the exciting opportunity to read works by some of the best known and most fascinating writers from the Portuguese-speaking world in English translation. Students do not need to have any previous knowledge of Portuguese. The class is taught in English and all the readings are available in English. Our authors include Brazilian masters Machado de Assis and Clarice Lispector; Eça de Queirós, Fernando Pessoa, and José Saramago from Portugal; Angolan writers José Agualusa and Ondjaki; and Mozambican writers Lília Momplé and Mia Couto. The novels and novellas we read focus on the relationship between gender, family, and nation. We will come to know Portuguese-speaking societies from around the world as we discuss and think through these varied intersections. These classical authors epitomize a significant historical and literary context, thus students gain a global understanding of major trajectories and developments of literature in Portuguese. Students will be introduced to different literary styles and philosophies of narrative as well as to enduring, diverse, and powerful political and cultural milieus.

This course carries CASE AH Breath of Inquiry credit.

HISP-P 420    #29831     2:30P-3:45P     TR     BH 139      Prof. Estela Vieira

Note: Above class meets with HISP-P 498 and HISP-P 520.


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