Course Description

Course Name

Intro to Luso-Brazilian Literature

Session: VFPS1120

Hours & Credits


Prerequisites & Language 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