Introduction to Brazilian Literature

Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, and it is the second industrial power of the Americas. It is the fifth largest country in the world both in area and population, it has 200 million diverse people, and it is home to one of the richest ecosystems on Earth. The only Portuguese speaking country in the hemisphere, Brazil has contributed significantly to global culture with unforgettable music and soccer, but there is more. Are you curious to learn about Brazilian writers? PORT 392 offers an introduction to Brazilian Literature. It seeks to give students a panoramic view of modern and contemporary Brazilian literature in translation in relation to history, social dynamics, difference, and politics. We will read major literary texts and we will discuss drastic changes, examining Brazilian culture within larger global contexts.

Required texts (Books available at the UBC bookstore and online sellers):
Machado de Assis – Dom Casmurro (1899)
Carolina de Jesus – Child of the Dark (1960)
Clarice Lispector – The Hour of the Star (1977)
Chico Buarque – Budapest: A Novel (2003)
Bernardo Carvalho Nine Nights (2002)
Additional texts (required short stories and optional critical essays) will be available in PDF through the course website.

Prerequisite: None

PORT 392 satisfies the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement.

Language of Instruction: English

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