Portuguese 128: Regarding the People in Transit: Survey of Brazilian Literature

MWF 9-10A, BARROWS 54 | Instructor: Macedo | CCN: 22235

Units: 4

This course will look into the depictions of public transportation in Brazil as a framework to discuss the main aspects of the cultural representation of the people throughout the Twentieth Century. In a survey that includes major literary works, old and recent songs, and visual art, we will focus on questions of race, class, and power at stake among those using different transportation services, from the streetcar to the metro, from the slave ship to the urban bus. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between public transportation and violence, as well as the role of temporary communities in shaping citizenship, prompting riots and realizing human rights. A working knowledge of Portuguese is required.