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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2020-21

PORT 20 The Portuguese-Speaking World and its Literatures and Cultures: The Definition of an Identity

This course deals with colonial and modern Portuguese-speaking world, including continental and insular Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Asia. Readings (both theoretical and fictional), film, music, and materials from the mass media that deal with the cultural identities and social roles of colonial and modern subjects are approached under different techniques of critical reading and interpretation. The second part of the course, with the disputed “definitions” of Brazilian identity, revises some “theories” or “myths” likes that of "racial democracy". The basic reading in this part is O Que Faz o brasil, Brasil? (What Does Make brazil Brazil?), by Roberto DaMatta, which focus on the core aspects of the Brazilian identity (or Brazilian stereotyped identity). Considerable emphasis will be placed on speaking and writing skills. Open to first-year students by qualifying test and to others who have passed PORT 9 (LSA ) or have equivalent preparation. PORT 20 is a prerequisite for the Portuguese Foreign Study Program, and also counts towards the minor in Portuguese or the major in Romance Languages and modified majors.


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