Undergraduate Course: Dictatorship, Resistance and Revolution in 20th Century Portuguese Literature (ELCH10061)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will examine Portuguese culture, society and political history through texts taken from a variety of genres. A wide-ranging selection of novels and short stories will be studied in the context of historical and political events. Particular attention will be paid to the following themes: empire and dictatorship; national identity and nation-building; religion; family, gender and sexuality; post-colonialism, 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. The course runs for two hours per week for 11 weeks. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, seminar and student-led discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Entry to Portuguese Honours
|Additional Costs|| Students must purchase copies of the set texts
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Students will be able to demonstrate the knowledge of the major themes and trends in Portuguese literature in the 20th century, especially those concerning Modernist aesthetics, the Dictatorship years and the post-colonial period, in novels and short stories.
- Students will be able to analyse critically the variety and diversity of Portuguese culture as it is expressed in Literature.
- Students will be able to improve their skills of literary criticism and theoretical analysis.
- Students will be able to enhance their writing and presentation skills through a variety of techniques, from essay writing to seminar presentations.
David Birmingham, A Concise History of Portugal
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction
Eduardo Lourenšo, Fernando Pessoa revisitado: leitura estruturante do drama em gente
Helena Kaufman & Anna Klobucka (eds), After the Revolution: Twenty Years of Portuguese Literature
Hilary Owen & Anna Klobucka (Editors), Gender, Empire, and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections
Hilary Owen & Claudia Pazos-Alonso, Antigone's Daughters: Gender, Genealogy and the Politics of Authorship in 20th-Century Portuguese Women's Writing
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Raquel Ribeiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
|Course secretary||Miss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635