Portuguese 104: Realizing One’s Own Place: Travel, Migration, and Exile

TuTh 9:30-11A, Dwinelle 89 | Instructor: Macedo | CCN: 32647

Units: 4


This course offers an introductory perspective of Brazilian literature through a range of authors addressing questions of belonging and displacement across and beyond Brazil. We will be reading major works, from the colonial times to the modern and contemporary moment, seeking to understand how depictions of travel, migration, and exile within or without the homeland open up to a panoramic view of Brazilian literary imagination. Our purpose is to discuss to what extent the realization of one’s own relationship to spatial shifts inform ideas of region, nation, world, heritage, community, and saudade. We will be looking into a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and chronicles, as well as a few songs and films inspired by the literary approach to this framework. Among the authors are Gregório de Matos, Gonçalves Dias, Machado de Assis, Graciliano Ramos, Hilda Hilst, Ana Cristina César, and Adriana Lisboa. A working knowledge of Portuguese is required.