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Introduction to Brazilian Literature


Admission requirements



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 20th and 21st centuries to help us understand some of the key issues relevant to Brazil today and significant trends in contemporary cultural production. 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).


2hs x week


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

Assessment and grading method (in percentages):.

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

Resit: essay submission.


Yes. Materials will be made available to students in due course.



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


Inschrijven via uSis is verplicht, voor zowel het college als het tentamen/paper.


Dr.Sara Brandellero.


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