20710245 - Letterature portoghese e brasiliana III

One of the main aims of this Course of Study is to provide students with advanced knowledge of two foreign literatures related to the two languages of their choice, paying special attention to intercultural and transcultural dynamics. The course also aims at refining their ability to interpret cultural phenomena, using the tools and methodologies of literary, cultural and historical analysis.
Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures III is among the characterizing activities of the "Foreign Literature" area. It aims at providing the students with advanced knowledge of nineteenth and twentieth century Portuguese and Brazilian Literature, and of Portuguese speaking African Countries, with special attention to intercultural dynamics and the theoretical-methodological debate; it helps students discover the tools and methodologies of literary, cultural and historical analysis at an advanced level.
At the end of the module, students will reach an advanced critical ability in the interpretation of exemplary texts in the original language, as well as the necessary competence for oral rewording, translation, rewriting and adaptation in Italian of the texts themselves. They will also be able to re-elaborate and communicate disciplinary knowledge in a specialized and non-specialized intercultural context.
Pre-requisite: Portuguese and Brazilian Literatures II; Portuguese and Brazilian Languages and Translation II.
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The course is structured in two modules. The first one will consist in an introduction to contemporary Brazilian and Portuguese literature. The second one will analyze the Angolan literature.

Core Documentation

Modulo A
Eça de Queirós, O Crime do Padre Amaro (qualuque edizione)
Eça de Queirós, O Primo Basílio (qualunque edizione)
Inglês de Sousa, O Missionário (qualunque edizione)
Machado de Assis, Dom Casmurro (qualunque edizione)
Machado de Assis, “O Primo Basílio”, in Crônicas – Crítica – Poesia – Teatro, São Paulo, Cultrix, 1961, pp. 108-123.
C. Reis, Eça e Machado de Assis ou a Batalha do Realismo, in Eça e Machado, São Paulo, PUC-SP, 2005, pp. 285-302;
J. C. de Castro Rocha, Machado de Assis: por uma poética da emulação, Rio de Janeiro, Civilização Brasileira, 2013.
S. Santiago, Eça, autor de Madame Bovary, nel vol. Uma literatura nos trópicos, Rio de Janeiro, Editora Rocco, 2000, pp. 47-65.

Modulo B – Cultura angolana
G. de Marchis (a cura di), Noi dell’Africa immensa, Roma, Nova Delphi, 2022.
I. Mata – R. Francavilla – V. Tocco (a cura di), Le letterature africane in lingua portoghese - Temi, percorsi, prospettive, Milano, Hoepli, 2022.
V. Russo, La resistenza continua. Il colonialismo portoghese, le lotte di liberazione e gli intellettuali italiani, Milano, Meltemi, 2020;

Handouts specially prepared by the visiting professor of the "will be made available to students at the beginning of the course.

Reference Bibliography

M. C. Ercolessi, L’Angola indipendente, Roma, Carocci, 2011. L. Stegagno Picchio, La letteratura brasiliana, Torino, Einaudi, 1999. D. Tramontano, La decolonizzazione angolana: lotta per l’indipendenza e guerra civile, in Il colore rosso dei jacaranda. A 30 anni dalle indipendenze delle ex colonie portoghesi, a cura di L. Apa e M. Zamponi, San Marino, AIEP Editore, 2005, pp. 59-73;

Type of delivery of the course

The course will take place in frontal teaching mode and seminars. In the event of an extension of the COVID-19 health emergency, all provisions governing the way in which teaching activities are carried out will be implemented. In particular, the following modalities will apply: distance learning via Microsoft Teams software.


Attendance at lessons is optional.

Type of evaluation

The evaluation of learning will take the form of a final oral examination lasting approximately 30 minutes. The interview will consist of three questions, all related to the examination programme, aimed at assessing the level of understanding of the course content. Two questions will focus on Portuguese and Brazilian literary history and one on the Angolan culture course and its final paper. In the event of an extension of the COVID-19 health emergency, all provisions governing student evaluation methods will be implemented. In particular, the following arrangements will apply: remote oral examination using Microsoft Teams software.