Culture of Resistance in Brazilian Literature

Brazil has a unique trajectory within Latin American and global contexts. With a history of colonization, slavery, and authoritarian regimes, this large country had two major dictatorships in the 20th century. With the current shift to authoritarian rule, this historical conjuncture asks for a re-examination of literature that responds to history direct or indirectly. The course will offer a panoramic view of modern Brazilian literature, and it will be organized around specific themes related to social dynamics, difference, civil rights and politics; we will also examine connections with popular music and other arts.  Fulfills the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement.

Required texts:

All texts for the course will be in English. Primary texts will be available on Canvas and/or at the UBC bookstore; short critical texts will be available on Canvas.

Selections, short stories and novels by:

  • Jorge Amado
  • Graciliano Ramos
  • Carlos Marighella
  • Chico Buarque
  • Antonio Calllado
  • Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
  • Clarice Lispector
  • Lygia Fagundes Telles
  • Marcelo Rubens Paiva
  • Bernardo Kucinski

Recommended writing tools:

  • MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi, 2016
  • A Short Guide to Writing About Literature by Barnet and Cain, 2012

Prerequisite: None

PORT 392 satisfies the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement.

Language of Instruction: English

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