Courses offered in Spring 2009

Courses offered in Spring 2009

POR 630/730: The Poetics and Politics of the Bossa Nova Era
WED 3:30-6:00PM

Prof. Dário Borim
This seminar will explore the socio-political and aesthetic characteristics of poetry and popular music produced in Brazil from the 1950s through the 1980s. We will focus on the aspects of that output which explain the emergence, establishment and aftermath of the bossa nova movement. Among others, we will study the following poets: Manuel Bandeira, Augusto de Campos, Ana Cristina Cesar, Ferreira Gullar, Cecília Meireles, Thiago de Mello, Vinicius de Moraes, Adélia Prado, and Wally Salomão. The course will likewise discuss pre-bossa, bossa, and post-bossa songwriters, such as Chico Buarque, Adriana Calcanhotto, Dorival Caymmi, Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, Rita Lee, Caetano Veloso and Paulinho da Viola.
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POR 620/720: Portuguese Contemporary Prose—Árvores de um falso ramo
[Course open to graduate students only]

TH 3:30-6:00PM
CVPA 255
Prof. Rui Zink
This is a journey through Portuguese fiction in a democratic era—namely from 1974 until nowadays—in which we will visit several authors and themes. Portuguese fiction reflects some obsessions and how its authors deal with them, even when they do not mean it. Some may argue: this is so especially when they do not mean it. In some odd 30 years, Portugal has gone through radical changes: from a decaying empire to a small backward country; and from a junior associate to a full-time member in the European Community, whose post-modern society now owns the second highest number of cellular phones per capita in the continent. This seminar will focus on short stories and novellas allowing for intense discussion over political and socio-economic issues as well as literary form.

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POR 681/781: Latin American Fiction and Theory
TUE 3:30-6:00PM
CVPA 255
Prof. Christopher Larkosh
In this advanced graduate seminar we will explore the shifting relationships between: 1) Brazilian and Hispano-American literature, both indispensable elements in any study of Latin American literary culture; 2) fiction and theory, especially the ways in which these two categories of creative and scholarly activity often overlap and interrogate one another; and 3) the rereading and discussion of texts and the planning of a critical approach from one or any number of theoretical perspectives (esp. Marxist cultural studies, psychoanalysis and various directions in post-structuralism). Although the course is one that aims to return to some of the main intellectual currents in 20th-century thought emanating from a tradition of key Western thinkers (e.g., Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Saussure), the seminar is more concerned with examining the often overstated distinction made between "fiction" and "theory," above all in the context of latin American litertaure and culture. Where are the possible points of overlap and what kinds of dialogues are possible between putatively fictional narratives in an ever more questionable opposition to philosophical/critical thought?
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POR 410/510: Eça de Queirós
MON 3:30-6:00PM
Prof. Frank Sousa
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