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Spring 2011-2012
* POR 221 / LAS 223 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Introduction to the Literature and Culture of the Portuguese-Speaking World

Megwen M. Loveless, Course Head

This course will serve as an introduction to film, literature, history, culture and language of Northeast Brazil. Beyond regional dialects and cultural practices, we will explore historical, political and social constructs from within (and without) the northeast and will problematize the stereotypes and discrimination so often directed toward northeasterners. Course material is organized into sections which represent four distinct geographic areas contained in the lived and imagined experience of the Brazilian Northeast: a selva, o sertão, o terreiro e a cidade.

Sample reading list:
Durval Muniz de Albuquerque, A Invenção do Nordeste
Monteiro Lobato, Jeca Tatu
José Mauro de Vasconcelos, Rosinha, Minha Canoa
José Alencar, O Guarani
Graciliano Ramos, Vidas Secas
Euclides da Cunha, Os Sertões
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly critiques of the assigned readings, oral presentations, midterm paper and paper in lieu of final exam.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42202 C01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   East Pyne Building   023   Enrolled:5 Limit:12