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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: BRAZILIAN CULTURE (ELCH10062)

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
SummaryThis course will introduce major topics in Brazilian literature and culture since the country's independence in 1822. A selection of texts/films 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. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, seminar and student-led discussion in both Portuguese and English.
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 2024/25, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  18
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course is assessed by Coursework only (100%)
25% commentary
25% presentation
50% essay

Feedback Students will be given feedback on their commentaries, essays and presentations
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Grasp major themes and trends in Brazilian cultural expression from the Independence period to the present in a variety of genres
  2. Evaluate the ways in which different genres and the diversity of Brazilian culture makes possible different modes of engagement with these genres
  3. Analyse Brazilian cultural materials using critical and theoretical methodologies to substantiate and illustrate arguments
  4. improve their skills of literary/filmic criticism and theoretical anlysis
  5. enhance their communication skills through a variety of techniques, from essay writing, commentary analysis to oral 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
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMs Ines Lima
Tel: (0131 6)50 2252
Course secretaryMiss Hope Hamilton
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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