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Cinema and Literature in Brazil: Intermedial Journeys


Admission requirements



This course examines the relationship between cinema and literature in modern and contemporary Brazil. It focuses on film adaptations and stylistic and narrative synergies between literature and visual culture. 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 Brazilian 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
    2hs x week

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, one of which to be submitted at the end of the course (approx. 1000-1500 and 2000-2500 words respectively) (Major students: in Portuguese). 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
Resit: essay submission.


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

Reading list

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


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Dr.Sara Brandellero