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Undergraduate Course: Dictatorship, Resistance and Revolution in 20th Century Portuguese Literature (ordinary) (ELCH09019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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.
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
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn order to be eligible to take 4th year options, visiting students should have the equivalent of at least 2 years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s), i.e, PORTUGUESE
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding 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.
  2. Students will be able to analyse critically the variety and diversity of Portuguese culture as it is expressed in Literature.
  3. Students will be able to develop 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
David Birmingham, A Concise History of Portugal
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity
Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction
Eduardo Lourenço, 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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Raquel Ribeiro
Tel: (0131 6)51 7112
Course secretaryMiss Kat Zabecka
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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