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Contemporary Portuguese Literature

Code 12361
Year 3
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Literaturas
Entry requirements To be fluent in Portuguese language.
Mode of delivery Lessons of practical-theoretical nature.
Work placements It doesn't apply.
Learning outcomes Analyze Portuguese literature from contemporary period.
By the end of the semester, the student must be able to:
- develop critical thinking in relation to literary phenomenon;
- consolidate the terminology of versification, narratology and rhetorics;
- understand literary trends after the Second Portuguese Modernism to the present day;
- recognize the main writers and poets of those trends;
- increase the capacity and critical analysis of poetry and prose;
- increase the study of literary idiosyncrasies of the greatest contemporary Portuguese writers.
Syllabus 1. Dissent Miguel Torga on the «Presença».
1.1. The short-story: structures.
1.2. «Novos Contos da Montanha».
2. The movements of Portuguese neo-realism and surrealism;
2.1. Periodization, aesthetic and ideological features and most representative authors of Portuguese neo-realism and surrealism;
2.2. «Uma Abelha na Chuva», of Carlos de Oliveira.
2.3. «Os Passos em Volta», of Herberto Helder.
3. Poetic generations coeval and ulterior of the «Cadernos de Poesia»: the experimental poetry and the overcoming of isms. Leading figures of contemporary poetry. The difficulty in establishing a canon of contemporary;
3.1. Poetry of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen;
4. New ways of Portuguese fiction novel from the second half of the XX century.
4.1. Trends and most representative authors of the Portuguese novel.
4.2. The novel-problem of Vergílio Ferreira: «Em Nome da Terra»
4.3. The postmodern historiographic metafiction of Saramago: «História do Cerco de Lisboa».
Main Bibliography Main bibliography:
ANDRESEN, Sophia de Mello Breyner, Obra Poética, 3 vols., Lisboa, Caminho, 1996-1999.
FERREIRA, Vergílio, Em Nome da Terra [1990], Venda Nova, Bertrand, 2ª ed., 1990.
HELDER, Herberto, Os Passos em Volta [1963], Lisboa, Assírio e Alvim, 8ª ed., 2001.
OLIVEIRA, Carlos de, Uma Abelha na Chuva [1953], Lisboa, Assírio e Alvim, 2ª ed., 2004.
MARINHO, Maria de Fátima, O Romance Histórico em Portugal, Porto, Campo das Letras, 1999.
REIS, Carlos, História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa, vol. IX, Do Neo-Realismo ao Post-Modernismo, Lisboa / São Paulo, Verbo, 2005.
SARAMAGO, José, História do Cerco de Lisboa [1989], Lisboa, Caminho, 5ª ed., 1998.
TORGA, Miguel, Novos Contos da Montanha [1944], Coimbra, ed. de autor, 11ª ed., 1982.
VIEIRA, Cristina da Costa, A Construção da Personagem Romanesca: Processos Definidores, Lisboa, Colibri, 2008.

All the other references will be recommended during the semmester.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-06-15

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