Fall 2011 Courses

POR 581/681, Amorous Discourse in Brazilian Popular Music (3 credits)

Professor Dário Borim

Tue 3:30-6:00 pm

This course will examine the serious and the humorous output of romantic or pseudo-romantic poetics in the songwriting of five writers from four of the most productive and sophisticated decades in Brazilian music ever: the 1960s-90s. Examining their work in light of various trends in the aesthetics and ideologies of modernist schools, such as Dadaism, Cubism, and Futurism, we will also interpret those songwriters—Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Gilberto Gil, Suely Mesquita, Rita Lee, and Caetano Veloso—within the socio-political context of their lives and creative processes.


POR 620/720, Seminar in Portuguese Literature and Culture: Gender and Sexuality in the Portuguese Literary Canon (3 credits)

Professor Anna Klobucka

Thu 3:30-6:00 pm

This seminar offers a rereading of canonical Portuguese texts from the Middle Ages to the present from a perspective centered on literary representation and construction of gender and sexuality. We will read selections from Galician-Portuguese lyric, plays by Gil Vicente, Bernardim Ribeiro’s Menina e moça, Camões’s Os LusíadasCarta de guia de casadosby D. Francisco Manuel de Melo, Almeida Garrett’s Viagens na minha terraA Ilustre Casa de Ramires by Eça de Queirós, Mário de Sá-Carneiro’s A Confissão de Lúcio, poetry by Florbela Espanca, Judith Teixeira, and António Botto, Novas Cartas Portuguesas by Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta, and Maria Velho da Costa, António Lobo Antunes’s Os Cus de Judas, and Lídia Jorge’s A Costa dos MurmúriosTheoretical and critical readings include key texts by Gayle Rubin, Michel Foucault, Teresa De Lauretis, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and Judith Butler, along with a selection of pertinent critical interpretations of each of the literary works under discussion.


POR 650/750, Comparative Studies of the Portuguese-Speaking World: Luso-Asian Fictions (3 credits)

Professor Christopher Larkosh

Wed 3:30-6:00 pm

This advanced graduate seminar in Portuguese focuses upon the cultures of Asia as seen through literature and film, whether in Portuguese or translated in and out of other languages. How do representations of Asia change in literary works as Portugal attempts to reinvent its relationship with areas formerly under its colonial control? Beginning with classics of Portuguese literature that point toward the ambivalent nature of the colonial enterprise (Camões, Mendes Pinto, Bocage, Pessanha, de Moraes), we will continue on to more recent literary works and films on Goa, Macau, East Timor and other parts of Asia (Ondina Braga, Devi, da Conceição, Tabucchi, Agualusa, Cardoso and others), both to interrogate any lingering traces of colonial nostalgia as well as to imagine new possibilities for communication between the Lusophone world and Asia. The course also provides a grounding in relevant works of literary and cultural theory (Barthes, Said, Bhabha, Spivak, Gilroy, Vale de Almeida).