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Global Crossings and Cultural Dialogues


Admission requirements

Not applicable


This course examines the cultural dialogues and intersections of Brazil in global perspective, with a particular focus on Portuguese-speaking Africa. The course will discuss key cultural concepts and a variety of texts and genres (written and filmic) as it explores a fascinating history of cultural exchange. Topics covered might include: the Atlantic as a space of memory and resistance, culture as resistance in colonial and postcolonial contexts; cultural representations of slavery and its aftermath; writing and orality; migration and diaspora; the influence of Brazilian modernism in Africa; transatlantic dialogues in contemporary Mozambican cinema.

Course objectives

Gain an understanding of key historical and contemporary connections of Brazil in transnational perspective, with particular attention to 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.
Familiarize students with cultural theories, literary/film criticism and theoretical frameworks which help illuminate the texts at hand.
Spoken and written presentation skills.
Development of critical and analytical skills (oral and written).
Communication and presentation skills (oral and written).
Research skills.



Mode of instruction

  • Lecture

  • Seminar
    2hs a 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.


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

Reading list

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


Registration uSis


Dr Sara Brandellero


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