Students who speak Portuguese and want to follow this course as an optional course: please contact tutor.
This course examines the cultural dialogues and intersections of Brazil in global perspective, with a particular focus on Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia. 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.
Gain an understanding of key historical and contemporary connections of Brazil in transnational perspective, with particular attention to Portuguese-speaking Africa and Asia;
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);
Mode of instruction
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.
2 essay compositions, one of which to be submitted at the end of the course (approx. 1200-1500 and 2200-2500 words respectively);
Major students are oblidged to complete the assignments in Portuguese. Other students can do their assignments in English.
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 (relevant component).
Blackboard will be used for:
- providing study materials
Reading list will be made available to students in due course.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
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: 70% attendance.