Portuguese 104: Thinking through Brazil: Families and Family Dynamics as a Mirror of Brazilian Politics and Culture

TuTh 2-3:30P, 183 Dwinelle | Instructor: Slater | CCN: 33086

Units: 3

This course looks at a range of texts and authors from different time periods. Although the writings that we will look at can be read from many different perspectives, they all touch on the theme of family, making this the recurring thread that unites the course. The actual families are diverse and illuminate both complex human relationships and particular historical, political, and cultural moments in Brazil. While some families are relatively happy, others are deeply disturbed. All, however, are definitely interesting and each casts new light on the others as well as upon a Brazil that continues to evolve.

The course includes texts by classic authors such as Machado de Assis, Graciliano Ramos, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, João Guimarães Rosa, and Clarice Lispector. There are also texts by still-living authors including Raduan Nassar, Marcelino Coelho, Sydney Rocha, and Milton Hatoum. One of the contemporary authors on the list, Adriana Lisboa, will visit us towards the end of the semester.

José de Alencar. Iracema, excerpts.
Machado de Assis. “A Missa do Galo”.
Mário de Andrade. “O Peru de Natal”.
Carlos Drummond de Andrade. ”Desaparecimento de Luisa Porto”. “Viagem na Familia.”
Graciliano Ramos. Vidas Secas.
Joao Guimaraes Rosa. “A Terceira Margem do Rio.”
Clarice Lispector. “Laços de Família”. “Amor”. “Uma Galinha”
Raduan Nassar. Text and Film. Lavoura Arcaica. (?)
Marcelino Coelho. “Nossa Rainha”
Adriana Lisboa. Contos.
Sidney Rocha, “Ave”.
Milton Hatoum. Dois Irmãos.