Introduction to Brazilian Literature (in English)

Cross-listed with RMST 361

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 cultural history? PORT 392 offers a panoramic introduction to Brazilian literature in translation with a focus on the modern and contemporary eras. We will approach literature in relation to history, social dynamics, difference and politics. We will read literary texts by major authors and will discuss drastic changes, examining Brazilian culture within larger global contexts.

Fulfills the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement.

Required readings: All texts for the course will be in English. Texts will be available on Canvas in PDF.

Primary texts:

  • short stories
  • short texts selections
  • critical texts selections

Prerequisites: No prerequisites

Language of instruction: English

Note: This course fulfills the Faculty of Arts Literature Requirement.