20710476 - O romance brasileiro contemporâneo (séculos XIX-XXI)

Graduates in Languages and Literatures for Teaching and Translation obtain advanced knowledge and understanding in all the subject areas of their training in order to
1) consolidate and develop their competence in European and American Studies, with particular attention to their literature of specialisation;
2) deepen their knowledge of the two foreign languages chosen, achieving a heightened competence in the language of specialization and an advancement in the second language;
3) reach enhanced awareness of the linguistic features of their language of specialisation, both from a diachronic and a synchronic perspective;
4) reach an adequate knowledge of the most advanced methodologies for the analysis of literary texts;
5) handle confidently the theoretical-practical tools for teaching and for translation.

O romance brasileiro contemporâneo (séculos XIX– XXI)/ The contemporary Brazilian novel (XIX-XXI centuries) is one of the characterising modules of the programme. It aims to further consolidate communication skills and the ability to engage critically with Brazilian literary texts. In particular, it provides specialised competence, including a firmer command of updated methodological tools and approaches, aimed at a critical appreciation of Brazilian fiction, also in relation with the Lusophone and Latin American dimension. In addition, the module will further explore previously acquired skills in teaching Brazilian literature and literary translation.
At the end of the module students will be able to: acquire and analyze linguistic and literary data; critically engage with literary and/or cultural texts and phenomena, with special regard for Brazilian narrative texts, apply didactic methodologies to teaching Brazilian literature; translate literary texts; communicate disciplinary contents at an advanced level.

Requirements: Students must have already taken Arquivos da Memória. Literatura, história e política no Brasil/ Memory archives. Literature, history and politics in Brazil-

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The course aims to reflect on the racial issue in Brazil in the decades between the 19th and 20th centuries. The analysis of some novels and short stories will highlight how the idea of nation and the ideal of order and progress is deeply linked to racial theories developed after the abolition of slavery (1888).

Core Documentation

C. Cattarulla – G. de Marchis (a cura di), Apocalisse. Alle origini della fantascienza latinoamericana, Roma, Nova Delphi Libri, 2014
J. Amado, Gabriela, cravo e canela (qualunque edizione)
Monteiro Lobato, O Presidente Negro (qualunque edizione)
Lima Barreto, Clara dos Anjos (qualunque edizione)
A. Azevedo, O Cortiço (qualunque edizione)
Inglez de Sousa, O Missionário (qualunque edizione)

K. L. Caldwell, «A foot in the kitchen»: Brazilian Discourses on Race, Hybridity and National Identity, in Negras in Brazil, New Brunswick NJ, Rutgers University Press, 2007, pp. 27-49;
A. Candido, De cortiço a cortiço, nel vol. O Discurso e a cidade, São Paulo-Rio de Janeiro, Ouro sobre Azul, 2004, pp. 105-129;
V. Ribeiro Corossacz, Razzismo, meticciato, democrazia razziale. Le politiche della razza in Brasile, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino Editore, 2005;
G. M. Fredrickson, Breve storia del razzismo, Roma, Donzelli, 2005;
L. Moritz Schwarcz, O Espetáculo das Raças. Cientistas, instituições e questão racial no Brasil (1870-1930);

Reference Bibliography

Roberto DaMatta, A ilusão das relações raciais, nel vol. O que faz o brasil, Brasil?, Rio de Janeiro, Rocco, 1986, pp. 35-48; Gilberto Freyre, Casa Grande e Sanzala, São Paulo, Editora Global, 2006; L. Moritz Schwarcz, Nem preto nem branco, muito pelo contrário. Cor e raça na sociabilidade brasieira, São Paulo, Claro Enigma, 2012.

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 student will be assessed in itinere on the basis of seminar activities (short reports, short oral presentations on agreed topics). The final check of the learning will be made through a final oral test of about 30 minutes. The interview will consist of three questions all related to the examination program and aimed at verifying the level of effective understanding of the contents of the course. The final grade will take into account the quality of the final report and the seminar activities. 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.