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Undergraduate Course: BRAZILIAN CULTURE (ELCH10062)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce major topics in Brazilian literature and culture since the country's independence in 1822. A selection of novels and film will be studied in the context of historical and political events. Particular attention will be paid to the following themes: nation-building, post-colonialism and race; regionalism; gender and sexuality; post-modernism, revolution and ideology. These topics will allow the student to think and write comparatively, and to combine detailed textual analysis with theoretical debate and a consideration of historical and cultural factors. Background information and relevant aspects of critical theory will be examined during seminars. The course runs for two hours per week for 11 weeks. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, seminar and student-led discussion.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Students must purchase copies of the set texts
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 30%: 1x 2,000 word essay on a text/film from those studied on the course
Exam 70%: one take-home exam essay scheduled during exam diet.
Feedback Students will be given online feedback on their assessed essays
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to understand the major themes and trends in Brazilian cultural expression from the time of Independence to the present day in a variety of genres.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of the variety and diversity of Brazilian culture as it is expressed in Literature and Film.
  3. Students will be able to improve their skills of literary criticism and theoretical analysis.
  4. Students will be able to enhance their writing and presentation skills through a variety of techniques, from essay writing to seminar presentations.
Reading List
The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Duke UP)
Antônio Candido, Ficção e confissão: ensaios sobre Graciliano Ramos
Boris Fausto, A Concise History of Brazil
Darlene Sadlier, Brazil Imagined: 1500 to the Present
Richard Graham ed., Machado de Assis: Reflections on a Brazilian Master Writer
Stephen M. Hart, Companion to Latin American Film
Massaud Moisés, História da Literatura Brasileira
Marta Peixoto, Passionate Fictions: Gender, Narrative and Violence in Clarice Lispector
Roberto Schwarz, A Master on the Periphery of Capitalism: Machado de Assis
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Raquel Ribeiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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