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Spring 2015

PORT 197 Honors

Sarah Townsend
Portuguese for Romance Language Speakers
MWF 12:20-1:10 

This course offers an introduction to Brazilian Portuguese for students who already have a good grasp of grammar and vocabulary in Spanish, French, Italian, or Latin. By the end of the semester students should be able to read most literary and non-literary texts (with the occasional aid of a dictionary) and carry on a simple conversation in Portuguese. Due to the intensive nature of the course our focus will be on acquiring linguistic fluency, but along the way we will also gain insight into certain aspects of Brazilian culture through our analysis of song lyrics, journalistic texts, literature, blogs, TV shows, and films.

Prerequisite: SPAN 003, FR 003, Latin 003, ITAL 003 or prior approval of the instructor. For undergraduate students, this course will fulfill the 15-language credit requirement. Graduate students should consult their Director of Graduate Studies to determine if this course will fulfill their language requirement. (A translation exam will be given at the end of the semester to this end.) 


Julia Cuervo-Hewittt
Masterpieces of Brazilian Literature in Translation (class taught in English)
Tuesday-Thursday 1:00-2:15

This course explores the work of some of the most important writers in Brazilian Literature, as well as the most important Literary Movements in Brazil, and their political, social, and historical contexts.  The course begins with the work of Machado de Assis, the most important writer of Brazilian Realism, followed by discussions on Brazilian Modernism. Students will lean about Brazil’s movement of  Antropofagia, and the different stages of Modernism through writers like Mario de Andrade. Other texts discussed are Graciliano Ramos’ Baren Lives, and Raquel de Queiroz’s The Three Marias, as well as more recent writers like Clarice Lispector’s Near to the Wild Heart, and João Guimarães Rosa’s short stories, and Jorge Amado’s Tent of Miracles.  The course ends with Helena Parente Cunha’s novel Woman Between Mirrors.  Part of the course will include the adaptation of some of these writers’ work to film.  In the process of reading these works, students will become knowledgeable of Brazil’s literary and artistic trajectory, and Brazil’s unique artistic and literary production in the twentieth century, as well as its social preoccupations, and movements, traditions, folklore, including Afro-Brazilian belief systems and customs, Brazil’s urban coastal area and the interior hinterlands. The class is taught in English, but students may read the texts, and do the required class work, in Portuguese.  This is a class that all students interested in Latin America should consider taking.