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History of Portuguese Culture

Code 14233
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(45H)
Scientific area Cultura
Entry requirements N/A.
Mode of delivery Theoretical and practical
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes 1.Knowledge of the most important topics of Portuguese culture;
2.Develop practical work written;
3.Demonstrate ability in oral presentation of the work indicated in the preceding;
4.Demonstrate critical capacity to any issue of Portuguese culture.

The vastness of the chronological scale and of the artistic and spiritual issues implied, imposes some options. It is possible to take, however, some liberties, which highlight, of course, the most interesting topics: The school, books, libraries and the university; the discoveries; the productive culture; the humanism and reform; Sebastianism; António Vieira and utopia; Pombal, enlightenment and academicism, liberalism and romanticism, Generation of Seventy; the option of Republican opposition and culture to the present day. It is evident that, at the end of the course, it is possible an overview of Portuguese culture.

Syllabus 1.The questions of historiography and the concepts of culture and civilization.
2.The Portuguese identity: unity and diversity.
3.The first spaces and expressions of Portuguese culture.
4.Religion in Medieval Portugal.
5.Portuguese navigations.
6.Portuguese Renaissance and Humanism: authors.
7.Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Portugal.
8.Sebastianism. Father António Vieira and the "Fifth Empire".
9.The Portuguese Liberalism and the Romanticism in Portugal.
Main Bibliography António José Saraiva (2007), A Cultura em Portugal. Teoria e História. Vols. 1 e 2. Gradiva.
Fernando Moreira (2011), Cultura Portuguesa. Ensaios, CEL – UTAD.
João Medina (2000), “Gilberto Freyre contestado: o lusotropicalismo criticado nas colónias portuguesas como alibi colonial do salazarismo”, Revista USP 45: 46-61.
José Amado Mendes (1996), “Características da Cultura Portuguesa: alguns aspectos e sua interpretação”, Revista Portuguesa de História 31: 47-65.
José Mattoso (dir.) (1993-1999), História de Portugal. vols. I a VIII. Estampa.
Margarida Calafate Ribeiro, Roberto Vecchi, António Sousa Ribeiro (2012), “The Children of the Colonial War: Post-Memory and Representations” in Gil, Martins (eds.), Plots of War. Modern Narratives of Conflict. De Gruyter.
Maria de Lurdes Belchior (1982), “Sobre o Caráter Nacional ou para uma 'Explicação' de Portugal”, Nação e Defesa: 13-31.
Miguel Real (2010), Introdução à Cultura Portuguesa. Séculos XIII a XIX. Planeta.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Expositive classes; discussion classes; practical work; use of audiovisual resources; use of the moodle platform.

One written test (70%).
Written Paper (25%).
Participation in class (5%).
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-09-22

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