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Fall 2018-2019
* POR 304 / LAS 311 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Social History - Indigenous Brazil

Marilia Librandi

This course analyzes current indigenous issues in Brazil, and the struggle for human and land rights that affect the Guarani Kaiowá, Yanomamis, Krenaks, Bororos, among other ethnicities. The emergence of contemporary indigenous literature and filmography will be studied along with canonical Brazilian literature and ethnographical studies. Topics include the building of the Belo Monte dam, the Rio Doce mining disaster, the survival of languages, the spread of Indigenous traditions, and the work of Indigenous writers and filmmakers.

Sample reading list:
Manuela Carneiro da Cunha, Índios no Brasil
Daniel Munduruku, Meu vô, Apolinário
Eliane Potiguara, Metade cara, metade máscara
V. Stigger & E. Viveiros de Castro, Onde a onça bebe água

Reading/Writing assignments:
Readings will be in Portuguese, an average of 75 pages per week. Classes will be taught in Portuguese. Three short papers in Portuguese, and one final paper in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 50%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
POR 208 or POR 207S or instructor's permission Students pursuing a Certificate in Portuguese are required to complete written work in Portuguese..

Other information:
Films and documentaries produced by Indigenous filmmakers will be seen along with the work of more canonical directors. Videos produced within Ceddip (Centro de Comunicação Digital e Pesquisa Partilhada)/ Diversitas - Núcleo de Estudos das Diversidades, Intolerâncias e Conflitos da Universidade de São Paulo - will also be shown.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22147 C01 07:30:00 pm - 08:50:00 pm M W   East Pyne Building   239   Enrolled:16 Limit:18