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Cinema e Literatura no Brasil: Viagens Intermediáticas (LK5)


Admission requirements

Students within the BA Latin American Studies need to have completed the Propedeuse.

Non-major students who speak Portuguese and want to follow this course as an optional course: please contact tutor.


Mobility, be it migration, political exile, the displacement of indigenous tribes or the afro-Brazilian diaspora, lies at the heart of the formation of Brazil as a modern nation and the formation of individual and communal identities. It can be both a painful experience and an empowering one, such as when we voluntarily take to the road in journeys of self-discovery. Navigating our way through texts from written and visual culture, this course examines mobility as central theme and what it can reveal about other fundamental concerns of Brazil: such as mobility and political protest, development and car culture versus environment, the complex relationship between movement, power and gender, including what happens when women take to the road etc. Texts are studied within their historical and political contexts to help us understand what they tell us about the making of Brazil in a global context.

Course objectives

  • Develop critical and analytical skills through close textual analysis of literary and filmic texts, with particular emphasis on post-1960;

  • To familiarize students with key Brazilian cultural theories, literary/film criticism and theoretical frameworks that help illuminate the texts at hand;

  • Research skills;

  • Spoken and written presentation skills.


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course of 5 EC is 140 hours.

  • Hours spent on attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 13 weeks = 26 hrs;

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature/view films/material online: 70 hours;
    time for completing assignments or preparation classes: 10 hours;

  • Time to write essays (incl.preparation/research): 34 hours.

Assessment method

  • 2 essay compositions, one of which to be submitted at the end of the course (approx. 1500 and 2500 words respectively) (Major students: in Portuguese).

  • Class presentation


First essay 35% of mark, 2nd essay 40%, plus class presentation weighted at 25% of final mark.
The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Essay submission.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

Reading list

Reading list will be made available to students in due course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
Dr.Sara Brandellero

Coordinator of Studies: M.A.G. van Leeuwen MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


Minimum attendance requirement to complete the module: 80% attendance.