POR 710: Topic Lit & Cult Analysis
A study of issues underlying literary and cultural analysis and methodological backgrounds of critical strategies. The first half of the course will be devoted to a review of major contemporary critical schools, e. g., structuralism, post-structuralism and deconstruction, formalism, feminist criticism, new historicism, and postcolonial criticism. The second half of the course will be devoted to the analysis of relevant contributions to the field of literary and cultural analysis published in the past five years. Samples from some of the major genres and works of the Portuguese-speaking world will be analyzed.