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Iberian Humanism and Discoveries

Code 12352
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cultura
Entry requirements No requirements.
Mode of delivery Lessons of practical-theoretical nature.
Work placements It doesn't apply.
Learning outcomes - Show, in a contextual and comparative perspective, the general frameworks of Humanism and of the
Iberian Discoveries (centuries XV-XVI).
- Introduce a concise description of the Iberian empires building processes.
- Recognize the bilingualism phenomenon as factor of literary unit during the humanist period.
- Clarify the Humanism relationship with the Iberian Discoveries.
- Exposing a framework of the Portuguese Travel Literature.
- Learn the knowledge renewal driven by Iberia.
- Know the nuclear concepts and assess cognitive abilities.
- Develop a paper work.
Syllabus 1. Concepts of Renaissance and Humanism. The civilizational meaning of the Discoveries.
2. The world's image before the Discoveries (data collected in cartography and literature).
3. The process of the Overseas Discoveries and the opening of the worlds (XV and XVI centuries).
4. The Portuguese and the Spaniards as empire builders.
5. The genesis of Humanism in the Peninsula: the indigenous influence and the imports of models.
6. Pioneer characters of Iberian Humanism: Antonio de Nebrija and Aires Barbosa.
7. The bilingualism: some paradigmatic cases.
8. The humanists curiosity towards the Discoveries.
9. The Travel Literature as a descriptive and narrative style (apprehension, understanding and
representation of the "new worlds"). Portuguese Travel Literature classification (typological synopsis).
10. The Iberian Peninsula and the renewal of knowledge: the information revolution, the acceleration of the
scientific and technical development and rational criticism.
Main Bibliography ANDRADE, A. et al. (coord.), Humanismo e Ciência: Antiguidade e Renascimento. IUC e Annablume, 2015.
BARRETO, L. F., Os Descobrimentos e a Ordem do Saber. Gradiva, 1987.
BATAILLON, M., Erasmo y España, México, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2007.
BETHENCOURT, F. e CHAUDHURI, K. (dir.), História da Expansão Portuguesa, vol. I. Temas e Debates, 1998.
BETHENCOURT, F. et al. , A Expansão Marítima Portuguesa, 1400-1800. Edições 70, 2020.
DIAS, J. S. da Silva, Os Descobrimentos e a Problemática Cultural do Século XVI. Editorial Presença, 1982.
HOOYKASS, R., O Humanismo e os Descobrimentos na Ciência e nas Letras Portuguesas do Século XVI. Gradiva, 1983.
PINTO, J. R., A Viagem: Memória e Espaço. A Literatura Portuguesa de Viagens. Os Primitivos Relatos de Viagem ao Índico (1497-1550). Sá da Costa, 1989.
RAMALHO, A.C., Para a história do humanismo em Portugal. Vol V. IUC, 2013.
VAMIREH, Ch., O humanismo ibérico: a escolástica progressista e a questão da modernidade. INCM, 1988.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes will be expository of the syllabus and reflection on them. Taking into account the vast literature that was produced in this period, the classes will also be in direct contact with the original texts and their implication in the construction of historical identity, within the scope of Iberian humanism. For this reason, classes will have space for discussion of subjects and systematization of knowledge. There will also be space for the creation of practical works, in order to prepare the final oral presentation, as an assessment criterion. Considering much of what has been written and used in this historical period is available in open access in several digital repositories of the oldest universities in the country, such as the University of Coimbra, audiovisual resources to support the investigation of the students will be put to use.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-07

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