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Culture, Literature and Society

Code 13013
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Letras
Entry requirements Do not exist.
Mode of delivery Face-to-face.
Learning outcomes This unit aims to deepen students’ understanding of the dynamics of tension and reciprocity between literature and culture, through the analysis of literary texts whose impact is recognised in social contexts. It aims also to reinforce the students skills as regards interpretation, research, methodology, and creativity, and to encourage the production of original commentary. Ultimately, it aims to heighten student’s literary sensitivity.
Syllabus This course explores intersections and mutually transformative Dynamics between literature, culture and society. In light of sociocultural themes, literary strategies of challenging political and social status quo will be analysed. Key-issues to be discussed include: individual and collective identity, nationalisms, memory, gender, ethnicity and migration.
1. Literature and cultural change: theoretical approaches.
2. Literature and the collective imagination.
3. Literature and political change.
4. Literature and gender.
5. Literature, race, ethinicity and migration.
Main Bibliography Hannah Arendt, Susannah Young-ah Gottlieb, Reflections on Literature and Culture, Stanford University Press, 2007.
Ansgar Nünning, Kai Marcel Sicks, eds. Turning Points: Concepts and Narratives of Change in Literature and Other Media, Hubert & Co, Götingen, 2012.
Donald G. Marshall. The Force of Tradition: Response and Resistance in Literature, Religion, and Culture. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, New York 2005.
No original ou em tradução aprovada pela docente: / In the original or in approved translated version:
George Orwell, 1984
Virgina Woolf, A Room of One’s Own
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Willa Cather, My Ántonia
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-02-23

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