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Global Crossings: Brazil and Cultural Dialogues in the Lusophone World


Admission requirements

-Major students: ‘Cinema and Literature in Brazil’ and Portuguese 4 or equivalent (contact tutor).
-Other interested students: please contact tutor.


This course examines the cultural dialogues and intersection between Brazil and the wider Portuguese-speaking world, with a specific focus on Lusophone Africa. The course will consider a variety of texts and genres (written and filmic) as it explores a fascinating history of cultural exchange. Topics covered might include: the influence of Brazilian modernism in Africa; culture as resistance in colonial and postcolonial contexts; cultural representations of slavery and its aftermath; writing and orality; transatlantic dialogues in contemporary Mozambican cinema.

Course objectives

Gain an understanding of historical and contemporary connections between Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa.
Study of some key authors and texts in the development of Lusophone African national canons and connections with Brazilian culture.
Develop critical and analytical skills through close textual analysis of literary and filmic texts.
To familiarize students with cultural theories, literary/film criticism and theoretical frameworks which help illuminate the texts at hand.
Research skills.
Spoken and written presentation skills.



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Assessment method

2 essay compositions, one of which to be submitted at the end of the course (approx. 1000 and 2000 words) (Major students: in Portuguese) – 40% each
Class Presentation: 20%

Resit: essay submission.


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Reading list

A detailed reading list of primary and secondary sources will be provided to students in due course via Blackboard.


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