Course Description

Course Name

Intro to Luso-Brazilian Literature

Session: VFPS1120

Hours & Credits


Prerequisites & Language Level


  • Prior to enrolling in courses at this language level, students must have completed or tested out of a minimum of four semesters (or six quarters) at the college level.



This course introduces students to basic concepts of literary analysis through the study of Brazilian literature written in Portuguese. Looking at literary works in a variety of genres (poetry, prose and drama), students will analyze these texts while situating them within the larger frameworks of Luso-Brazilian and world literature.


  • To analyze the literary works of selected Brazilian authors.
  • To understand the main themes of selected authors' literary output.

  • To recognize the intertextual elements of literary works.

  • To produce short narratives and poetic texts in literary workshops.

  • To understand Luso-Brazilian literature’s place in the wider sphere of world literature.


Unit 1: Poetry
- Camões and Fernando Pessoa, an intertextual dialogue
- Reverberations of Symbolism in Brazil: Cruz e Souza's poetries
- The everyday poetry in Bagagem, Adélia Prado
- Drummond's Lyric

Unit 2: Prose
- The foundation of Brazilian nation in Iracema, José de Alencar
- Dom Casmurro, Machado de Assis?s the Brazilian Othelo
- Manaus of the twentieth century, in Dois Irmãos, Miltom Hatoum
- Azorean Culture in O fantástico na ilha de Santa Catarina, Franklin Cascaes
- Anthropomorphism in Bichos, Miguel Torga

Unit 3: Drama
- The reality of the Brazilian workers in Eles não usam Black-tie, Gianfrancesco Guarnieri.
- The religious syncretism in O pagador de promessas, Dias Gomes.
- The renovation of the Brazilian Theater through Vestido de Noiva, Nelson Rodrigues.
- Ariano Suassuna and the rereading of the Medieval Theater ..

Unidade 4: Symposia
- Contemporary Literature

Note: The activities planned for each unit can be modified or adapted, with the approval of the Course pedagogical and general coordination, and students' agreement. There will be in-class oral and written exercises facilitated by the professor. 


The approval is conditioned to the performance expected in the following:

  • Two written evaluations, 20% each = 40%;
  • Oral presentations (4) 5% each = 20%;
  • Homework = 20%;
  • Punctuality = 20%


To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement and 75% of class frequency. The student cannot be absent on up to 25% of classes.In case of injury or sickness the absence of the student will not count if he presents a medical certificate. In this context, the classroom assignments shall be sent via e-mail to him. When the student joins back his group, the professor is instructed to pay extra attention to him/her in the process of catching up with the class.

*Course content subject to change