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Undergraduate Course: Dictatorship, Resistance and Revolution in 20th Century Portuguese Literature (ELCH10061)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting 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. 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 Entry to Portuguese Honours
Additional Costs Students must purchase copies of the set texts
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. grasp major themes and trends in Portuguese culture in the 20th century, especially those concerning the dictatorship years and the post-colonial period
  2. evaluate the ways in which different genres and the diversity of Portuguese culture in the 20th century make possible different modes of engagement with these genres
  3. analyse Portuguese cultural materials using critical and theoretical methodologies to substantiate and illustrate arguments
  4. improve their skills of literary/filmic criticism and theoretical analysis
  5. enhance their communication skills through a variety of techniques, from essay writing, commentary analysis to oral 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
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Raquel Ribeiro
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