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Nation and Imagination in Brazilian Literature, Arts and Culture (LK3)


Admission requirements

Students who speak Portuguese and want to follow this course as an optional course: please contact tutor.


Literature studied in a cultural context provides a fascinating entry point into the formation and complex social make-up of Brazil, the world’s largest Portuguese-speaking country. This course will consider a selection of texts from different genres (including film) drawn from late 19th to 21st centuries to help us understand some of the key issues relevant to Brazil today and significant trends in contemporary cultural production and the formation of the national imaginary. Among the issues we might consider are: representations of the favela from outside and inside the shantytowns; writing and resistance in Afro-Brazilian communities; poetry, music and politics; indigeneity in literature and film.

Course objectives

Reach an understanding of some of the fundamental connections between literature, culture and society in modern Brazil.
Development of critical and analytical skills (oral and written).
Communication skills (oral and written).


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: the first of approx 900-1000 words (35% of mark); the second of 1100-1200 words (40% of mark);
Class presentation = 25% of mark.
Assignments can be in English, Spanish or Portuguese. For major students, assignments in Portuguese.


The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


essay submission.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • Study materials and assessment purposes.


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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in Engels and Nederlands

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

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats


Minimum attendance requirement to complete the module: 70% attendance.