Spring 2016 Courses 


POR 522-01. Introduction to Portuguese Linguistics (3 credits)

Prof. Gláucia Silva

Mon 4:00-6:30 pm. Room: LARTS 109

Abstract. This course is an introduction to the study of linguistics as it applies to the Portuguese language. The main goal of the course is to investigate the structure of Portuguese in order to discover the properties of language, understanding how the language work at different levels. The course will also consider aspects of dialects of Portuguese, as well as features of the interaction between language and society. This course will be “flipped”; class time will be devoted mainly to group work (though some of the time may be used to clarify concepts that have posed difficulty). This course is intended for speakers and advanced learners of Portuguese and will facilitate the understanding and the teaching of language mechanisms. The course will be conducted in Portuguese. We will not adopt a textbook, but Milton Azevedo's Portuguese: A linguistic introduction (CUP, 2005) will be available in the library course reserves and can be used as reference.

E-mail: gsilva@umassd.edu


POR 620/720-01. Teoria e Lusofonia (3 credits)

Prof. Christopher Larkosh

Tue 4:00-6:30 pm. Room: LARTS 109

Abstract. This course examines the dialogues and interactions possible and practicable between various approaches to  literary and cultural theory in the 20th century (poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminism/gender, queer theory, post-coloniality, inter alia) in combination with works of literary fiction and film from different corners of what can be recognized as the Lusophone World, as well as from and beyond the margins of this global linguistic community. Where and when do the boundaries of this linguistic commonality fray or blur? Which theoretical or literary approaches encourage the problematization or critique of these all-too-commonly agreed upon distinctions? Theorists to be read and discussed include Lacan, Foucault, Deleuze, Guattari, Zizek: fictional texts will be drawn from late 20th-century and contemporary Portuguese, Luso-Asian, Brazilian and Portuguese-American literatures (Leminski, Bueno, Miranda, Noll, Zink, Gaspar).

E-mail: clarkosh@umassd.edu


POR 650/750-01. Comparative Studies in the Port-Speaking World - The Autobiography (3 credits)

Prof. Dário Borim Jr.

Wed 4:00-6:00 pm. Room: LARTS 109

Abstract: This course examines the literary status and socio-political insight of autobiographies. While seeking answers to quandaries on the character and function of autobiographies, the concept of plural selfhood, and the politically charged allegiance to collective identities and social causes, we will approach the contemporary autobiography as a provocative mode of writing that challenges established notions of genre specificity and dramatizes the perils and powers of symbolic communities. We will study the memoirs of Fernando Gabeira and Carolina Maria de Jesus in light of the groundbreaking theories by Elizabeth Bruss, Paul John Eakin, Leigh Gilmore, Philippe Lejeune, James Olney, Sidonie Smith, Julia Watson, and Ben Yagoda, among others.

Eakin, Paul John. Living Autobiographically: How We Create Identity in Narrative. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2008.

Gabeira, Fernando. O que é isso, companheiro? São Paulo: Companhia de Bolso, 2009.

Gilmore, Leigh. The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 2014.

Jesus, Carolina Maria de. The Unedited Diaries of Carolina Maria de Jesus. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1999.

Lejeune, Philippe. On Autobiography. Minneapolis, MN/London: University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

Olney, James. Essays: Critical and Theoretical. Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 1980.

Smith, Sidonie and Julia Watson. Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives. Minneapolis, MN/London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

Yagoda, Ben. Memoir: A History. New York: Riverhead Books, 2009.

E-mail: dborim@umassd.edu


POR 795. Independent Study - Acquisition of Portuguese as a Second Language (3 credits)

Prof. Gláucia Silva

Time and Place to be definied with the students

Abstract. This independent study will look at issues of acquisition of Portuguese as a second langauge, starting with the text Introducing Second Language Acquisition, by Muriel Saville-Troike. Other texts inlcude articles from journals in the field. Having become familiar with several issues related to the acquisition of a second language, student(s) will submit a research proposal, an abstract, and a final paper. After submitting the abstract, student(s) will work on drafts of the paper to be reviewed by the professor. 

E-mail: gsilva@umassd.edu


POR 795. Independent Study - Animality and Femininity in The Maias (1888) (3 credits)

Prof. Victor Mendes

Time and Place to be definied with the students

Abstract. The purpose of this course is an in-depth analysis of The Maias (1888) by Eça de Queirós, arguably the most influential novel of Portuguese literature. The association between women and nature, represented as a positive value by the late Romantic writer Almeida Garrett in Travels in My Homeland (1846), is also pervasive in Queirós’s novels, often becoming endowed with an explicitly negative import, as happens, for example, in the urban and rural spaces of his The City and the Mountains (1901). In The Maias, female characters are seen as animalized, vegetalized, denigrated, and idealized by male characters and the male narrator. This theoretically informed course will problematize the naturalization of women mainly in urban spaces in a chapter-by-chapter approach of The Maias, with the aim of producing a revision of some of the main critical literature on this novel.

E-mail: vmendes@umassd.edu