Portuguese 104: The Brazilian Lyric

MWF 1-2P, VLSB 2030 | Instructor: Wolfson | CCN: 25481

Units: 4

This course offers a panoramic view of Brazilian culture and history through lyric traditions and counter-traditions. Our focus will be Brazilian poems (including song lyrics) from colonization to the present. Moving through key poetic movements from 16th-century to today, we will examine why the lyric has been a chosen medium for authors to conceptualize identity, difference, ethics, politics and aesthetics. A guiding theme is how Brazilian poets contested the legacy of colonialism through poetic strategies, such as translation and emulation, and how they envisioned making Brazilian poetry autonomous. By the end of the course students should have both a sense of the historical evolution of poetry in Brazil and practical training in reading and responding to poetry, song—and literature more generally. Course conducted in Portuguese. No previous background in poetry or Brazilian literature required.

Poems and songs by de Matos, Buarque, Melo Neto, Meireles, de Andrade (Carlos Drummond, Mario and Oswald), dos Anjos, de Assis, Cardozo, Bandeira, de Campos (Haroldo and Augusto), Cesar, Dias, Mendes, Pignatari, Del Picchia, de Costa, Hilst, Quieroz, Gullar, Nascimento, Alves, Bethânia, Veloso, Zé, among others.