Spring 2005 POR 620 Syllabus

Portuguese 620-01. Fictions of Relationship
Graduate Seminar in Portuguese Literature and Culture           
Spring 2005; Tuesdays, 3:30 PM-6:00 PM
New Location: Group I, 398G

Prof. Victor J. Mendes
Office: G1, 398L
Tel. 999 8338
Office hours: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 PM & by appointment

Goals of this course.

1. Analyze a repertoire of Portuguese literature on the topic fictions of relationship. The fictionality of real relationships and the reality of fictional relationships. Different kinds of power relations affecting fictions of relationship.

2. Write and revise papers with the aim of improving critical writing skills in preparation for larger research assignments (such as the MA research project).

3. Prepare short presentations to be followed by questions and discussion.

Required texts.

1. Bíblia de Jerusalém. São Paulo: Paulus. ISBN 85-349-1977-1.

2. Luis de Camões. Os Lusíadas. Porto: Porto Editora.

3. Almeida Garrett. Viagens na Minha Terra. Recommended edition, Lisboa: Editorial Estampa. Acceptable edition, Porto: Porto Editora.

4. Eça de Queirós. A Ilustre Casa de Ramires. Colecção Obras de Eça de Queirós. Lisboa: Presença. The Imprensa Nacional edition of this novel is the recommended one; however, it is out of print now.

5. Fernando Pessoa. Livro do Desassossego. Ed. Richard Zenith. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim.

6. Fernando Pessoa. Correspondência 1905-1922. Edição Manuela Parreira da Silva. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim.

7. Queiroz, Ofélia. Cartas de Amor de Ofélia a Fernando Pessoa. Ed. Manuela Nogueira, Maria da Conceição Azevedo. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim.

8. Florbela Espanca. Antologia de Poesia. Org. Fernando Pinto do Amaral. Lisboa: Dom Quixote.

9. António Oliveira Salazar. Discursos. (Out of print; photocopies will be distributed.)

10. Ruben A. Silêncio para 4. Lisboa: Assírio & Alvim.

11. Ruy Belo. “Elogio de Maria Teresa.�? (Photocopies will be distributed.)

12. António Lobo Antunes. Manual dos Inquisidores. Lisboa: Dom Quixote.

13. Lídia Jorge. Marido e Outros Contos. Lisboa: Dom Quixote.


Recommended texts.

14. Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics. [Namely the sections on friendship.]

15. Rachel Adams and David Savran. The Masculinity Studies Reader. Oxford: Blackwell.

16. Eric Auerbach. Mimesis. The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Trans. Willard R. Trask. Princeton: Princeton UP.

17. Jean-Claude Bologne. Histoire du Mariage en Occident. Paris: Éditions Jean-Claude Lattès. Port. trans. Isabel Cardeal. História do Casamento no Ocidente. Lisboa: Temas e Debates. ISBN 972-759-195-7.

18. René Girard. Deceit, Desire, and the Novel; Self and Other in Literary Structure. Trans. Yvonne Freccero. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP.

19. Andrew Greeley. The Catholic Imagination. Berkley: University of California Press.

20. Helen Haste. The Sexual Metaphor. Men, Women, and the Thinking that Makes the Difference. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP.

21. Françoise Héritier. Masculin, Féminin. La Pensée de la Différence. Paris: O Jacob, 1996. [Check online catalogues for  translations in Portuguese or English.]

22. Roman Jakobson. “Two Aspects of Language and Two Types of Aphasic Disturbances.�? Language in Literature. Edited by Krystina Pomorska and Stephen Rudy. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard UP.

23. Vincent Kaufmann. L’équivoque epistolaire. Paris: Minuit.

24. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Between Men. English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire. New York: Columbia UP.

25. John Stuart Mill. The Subjection of Women.

26. Charles K. Ogden. Bentham´s Theory of Fiction. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company.

27. Kim M. Phillips and Barry Reay (eds.). Sexualities in History. A Reader. New York: Routledge.

28. Plato. Lysis.

29. -----. Symposium.

30. -----. Republic [Book X].

31. Peggy Post. Emily Post's Etiquette. 17th ed.

32. Dennis de Rougemont. Love in the Western World. Trans. Montgomery Belgion. New York: Pantheon.

33. Susan Rubin Suleiman (ed.). The Female Body in Western Culture. Contemporary Perspectives. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

34. Deborah Tannen. You Just Don’t Understand. Women and Men in Conversation. New York: William Morrow and Company.

35. Tony Tanner. Adultery in the Novel: Contract and Transgression. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP.

36. Max Weber. “The Nature of Charismatic Domination.�? Max Weber: Selections in Translation. Ed. W. G. Runciman. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

37. Arnold Weinstein. The Fiction of Relationship. Princeton: Princeton UP.


Other recommended texts.

38. A J. Saravaiva e Óscar Lopes. História da Literatura Portuguesa. 17a. ed. Porto: Porto Editora.

39. Celso Cunha e Lindley Cintra. Nova Gramática do Português Contemporâneo. Várias edições em Portugal (Sá da Costa) e no Brasil (Nova Fronteira).

40. Dicionário da Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, ISBN 972-22-2046-2, ou Dicionário Houasiss da Língua Portuguesa. Rio de Janeiro: Objetiva. ISBN 85-7302-383-X.

41. Dicionário de Português-Inglês. Porto: Porto Editora. ISBN 972-0-05021-7.

42. Joseph Gibaldi. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: The Modern Language Association of America.



43. Mandatory: FLIP 4. www.flip.pt [European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese versions.]

44. Endnote 8.0. Bibliographies. You may download a free trial at www.endnote.com



45. Harvard University. URL: www.harvard.edu

46. Brown University. URL: www.brown.edu

47. University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. URL: www.umassd.edu


Online bookshops.

48. www.lusobraz.com

49. www.amazon.com


Grading policy.


Grading scale.

A+97.5;A 92.5; A- 90.0;

B+87.5;B 82.5; B- 80.0;

C+77.5;C 72.5; C- 70.0;

D+67.5;D 62.5; D- 60.0;

F 59.0.


The final grade.

Attendance (5 points will be deducted per absence) and seminar participation: 20%.

Paper #1: 10%.

Paper #2: 10%.

Paper #3: 10%.

Paper #4: 10%.

Paper #5: 10%.

Paper #6: 10%.

Paper #7: 10%.

Paper #8: 10% (papers 1-8).



N1. Note on plagiarism.

Plagiarism consists in the presentation of other people’s intellectual work as your own. Plagiarism is a fraud.

Please use quotation marks to acknowledge other writers’ ideas.

Failure to avoid plagiarism will imply failure in this course.


N2. Note on the specificity of the papers for this course.

The credit that you will get in this course for your work requires that your papers should be written specifically for the course. You should not submit work done for other courses or other purposes.


N3. Note on late papers.

Five points will be deducted per day on late papers (last chance for late papers: last day of the course).


N4. Note on papers and e-mail.

The papers should be submitted on paper to the professor in the classroom. Please do not e-mail your paper.




Note. The seminar participants should prepare the texts below in advance for each one of the days of the course.


Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Introduction to the seminar.


2005 blizzard. No seminar.


Tuesday, February 1, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Camões and the Bible on fictions of relationship.


Tuesday, February 8, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Travels in My Homeland as a reading of The Lusiads.

Paper #1 due.


Tuesday, February 15, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Analysis of Carlos' letter to Joaninha.


Tuesday, February 22, 2005

No seminar. UMass follows Monday’s schedule.


Tuesday, March 1, 2005


1. Practicalities.
2. A Ilustre Casa de Ramires: i, Gonçalo /André Cavaleiro; ii, Gonçalo /Gracinha; iii, Gonçalo / Ana Lucena.

Paper #2 due.

Work zone: a, b, c.


Tuesday, March 8, 2005

Work zone: a, b, c.


1. Practicalities.
2. Viagens na Minha Terra (work zone a). Short presentation of your best insight from your paper # 2. Discussion.
3. Eça de Queirós & fictions of relationship.
4. A Ilustre Casa de Ramires.


Tuesday, March 15, 2005

No seminar. Spring break.


Tuesday, March 22, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Pessoa's letter to Adolfo Casais Monteiro.

Paper #3 due.

Work zone: a, b, c.


Tuesday, March 29, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Pessoa's program for the interpretation of his own work and the concept of relationship.


Work zone: a, b, c.


Tuesday, April 5, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Opening up the canon: Pessoa's letters and Ofélia's letters.


Work zone: a, b, c.

Graduate Research Seminar at 4:00 PM.
"Together at Last: Reading the Love Letters of Ofélia Queiroz and Fernando Pessoa" [in English]
Anna Klobucka
Group I, Room 398G
Prof. Anna Klobucka holds an M.A. in Iberian Studies from the University of Warsaw (Poland) and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University (1993). She has taught at the Ohio State University and the University of Georgia, and she is currently Associate Professor of Portuguese and Chairperson of the Department of Portuguese at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she teaches Portuguese and Lusophone African literatures and Portuguese language pedagogy. She is the co-editor of After the Revolution: Twenty Years of Portuguese Literature 1974-1994 (Bucknell University Press, 1997) and the author of The Portuguese Nun: Formation of a National Myth (Bucknell, 2000; Portuguese translation forthcoming from Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda). She has also published on twentieth-century Portuguese and Brazilian women writers, the theory and practice of feminist criticism in the context of Luso-Brazilian literature and culture, and the construction of collective identities in national cultures of the European periphery. Her articles have appeared in Colóquio/Letras, Luso-Brazilian Review, Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies, Slavic and Eastern European Journal, and SubStance, among other journals. Among her projects in progress is a co-edited volume of essays on Fernando Pessoa, Embodying Pessoa: Corporeality, Gender, Sexuality. She currently serves as President of the American Portuguese Studies Association (2005-2006).

Participant in the seminar: Readings: Pessoa and Ofélia;  please prepare one or two written questions for Prof. Klobucka.

Organized by the Graduate Program in Portuguese

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Paper #4 due.

1. Practicalities.

2. Pessoa and Florbela Espanca according to Joaquim Manuel Magalhães.

3. Adília Lopes' versions of Florbela Espanca.

4. Florbela Espanca and fictions of relationship.


Work zone: a, b, c.




Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Ruben A.

Paper #5 due.


Work zone: a, b, c.


5:00 PM. Graduate Research Seminar.

Karl Erik Scholhammer, PUC Rio.

"O Desafio Ético na Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea." [In Portuguese.]

5:45 PM. Discussion. Participants in the seminar: please prepare readings and one or two written questions for Prof. Scholhammer.

Prof. Karl Erik Schollhammer holds an M.A. in Nordic Literature and a Ph.D. in Semiotics and Latin American Literature from the Aarhus University (Denmark). He has taught at the Aarhus University, at the Federal University of Brasília and since 1991 he is associate professor at the Pontifície Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro at the Department of Language and Literature, where he teaches comparative literature, Brazilian literature and literary theory. He is researcher at the Conselho Nacional de Pesquisa since 1992, and has published extensively on contemporary Brazilian literature and culture. He is co-editor and co-author of Linguagens da Violência (2000), Novas Epistemologias (2000), Literatura e Mídia (2002), Literatura e Cultura (2003), Literatura e Imagem (2005) and author of a forthcoming volume on readings in literature and image entitled O Olhar da Prosa.



Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Paper #6 due.


Work zone: a, b, c.

Graduate Research Seminar at 4:30 PM. [Talk: 4:30-5:15; discussion: 5:15-5:35]
"Plato's Lysis and Fictions of Relationship in the West" [in English]

Maureen Eckert
Group I, Room 398G

Prof. Maureen Eckert is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UMass Dartmouth. Prof. Eckert received her PhD from City University of New York in 2004. Fields:  Ancient Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Contemporary Analytic Metaphysics, Epistemology.
Participant in the seminar:  please prepare one or two written questions for Prof. Eckert. Some Philosophy students will attend this reasearch seminar.

Organized by the Graduate Program in Portuguese.


Tuesday, May 3, 2005


1. Practicalities.

2. Questions about the empirical knowledge of O Manual dos Inquisidores.

3. The representation of marriage.

Paper #7 due.


Work zone: a, b, c.


Tuesday, May 10, 2005



1. Practicalities.

2. Questions about the empirical knowledge of O Manual dos Inquisidores.

3. Relationship trouble.

4. Synopsis of the course I.

Paper #8 due.


Work zone: a, b, c.



Friday, May 13, 2005. 3:30 PM. Group I, 398G.

Return marked papers.


Monday, May 16, 2005. 3:30 PM.


1. Practicalities.

2. "Fictions of Relationship II" will be offered in Spring 2006 under the tentative title Economies of Relationship. A Comparative Approach: Portugal, Brazil, Africa.

3. O Manual dos Inquisidores.

4. Synopsis of the course II.

Paper 1-8 due (with an Introduction and Conclusion).


Work zone: a, b, c.




Victor J. Mendes. On papers   Version April 4, 2005


I. Projecto do paper [nunca por nunca ser dizer ou escrever papel neste caso; trabalho é possível]: uma página contendo, 1, título do paper, 2, resumo provisório (abstract) de 100 palavras, 3, obras citadas (a lista bibliográfica e/ou filmográfica a usar; pelo menos, três obras).


II. Outline do paper. Uma página contendo, 1, título do paper; 2, resumo provisório (abstract); 3, sequência de tópicos e subtópicos a tratar; 4, obras citadas (pelo menos, cinco obras).


III. Paper:

 1. Os papers devem obedecer ao formato MLA, Modern Language Association of America. Website: www.mla.org Ref. Gibaldi’s MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed.

 2. Os papers não devem ser entregues em caso algum sem terem sido verificados com um corrector ortográfico para Português (por exemplo, o FLIP 4, URL www.flip.pt --há versões deste software para Português europeu e para Português brasileiro). Este programa está disponível no Language Lab, Group I, em dois computadores com teclados em Português; o melhor, diz-nos a experiência, é comprá-lo e usá-lo sempre que necessário.

 3. O paper deverá ter um resumo (abstract) de 100 palavras logo depois do título.

 4. É muitíssimo recomendável que se dê o paper a ler a uma outra pessoa (peer review) antes de o entregar ao professor.

 5. Um paper final para Victor Mendes deve conter os seguintes elementos (as secções 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 e 5.8 devem estar claramente assinaladas no texto, e.g., escrever Resumo em itálicos no início do parágrafo do resumo; Introdução em itálicos no início do parágrafo da introdução, e assim por diante):
5.1. Título do paper; 
Autor do paper;
5.3. Resumo (abstract) de 100 palavras;
5.4. Introdução (um parágrafo);
5.5. As "opiniões dos precedentes" (1, 2 ou três parágrafos);
5.6. Desenvolvimento. Corpo principal do paper
5.6.1. citar passagem 1 (passagem relevante para o tópico a ser tratado)
5.6.2. análise e comentário da passagem 1
5.6.3. citar passagem 2 (passagem relevante para o tópico a ser tratado)
5.6.4. análise e comentário da passagem
5.6.5. citar passagem 3 (passagem relevante para o tópico a ser tratado)
5.6.6. análise e comentário da passagem 3 .........................
5.7. Conclusão (um parágrafo);
5.8. Notas (facultativas, mas muitíssimo desejáveis; obrigatórias para graduate students);
5.9. Obras citadas (pelo menos, cinco obras; excluir referências a páginas da internet que não sejam obras credíveis para um trabalho académico).