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Fall 2012-2013
* POR 210   na, npdf

Portuguese Language and Culture through Cinema

Luis Gonçalves

This course will examine a number of recurring cultural topics in Portuguese-language cinema from Africa, Brazil and Europe, such as personal transformations of characters against the backdrop of political turmoil, unusual representations of urban spaces and movement between centers and peripheries. We will situate works within their socio-historical context, explore linguistic regionalisms and registers and analyze cinematography and the process of literary adaptation. Discussions, readings, vocabulary exercises and papers will further increase students' fluency in written and spoken Portuguese.

Sample reading list:
Course packet,

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly film viewing and literary and critical readings (15-25 pages per week); response papers and student-led class discussions; a midterm paper, oral presentation and final paper.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
POR 208 or instructor's permission..

Other information:
Films will include: A Costa dos Murmúrios (Margarida Cardoso, 2004) O Gotejar da Luz (Fernando Vendrell, 2002) Vidas Secas (Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1963) O Caminho das Nuvens (Vicente Amorim, 2003) São Paulo S/A (Luiz Sérgio Person, 1965) Edifício Master (Eduardo Coutinho, 2002) Oxalá Cresçam Pitangas (Ondjaki, 2006)

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22914 C01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   233   Enrolled:5 Limit:12