Current Courses: Portuguese

Spring 2015 Portuguese Courses

Spring 2015 Catalan


86603 Port 12 Elementary Portuguese MTWTF 12-1
86606 Port 24 Freshman Seminar: Hello Brazil: Literature, Arts, Society Th 2-3
86609 Port 101A.1 Portuguese for Advanced Students MWF 10-11
86612 Port 101A.2 Portuguese for Advanced Students MWF 11-12
86615 Port 101A.3 Portuguese for Advanced Students MWF 1-2
86618 Port 101B.1 Portuguese for Advanced Students: Workshop Tu-Th 11-12
86621 Port 101B.2 Portuguese for Advanced Students: Workshop TuTh 10-12
86624 Port 101B.3 Portuguese for Advanced Students: Workshop TuTh 1-2
86627 Port 102 Readings in Portuguese MWF 11-12 Donovan
86630 Port 103 Advanced Grammar and Composition MWF 12-1 Donovan
86633 Port 128 20th Century Brazilian Literature Tu-Th 12:30-2 Slater
86636 Port 135.1 Cultures in Context MWF 10-11 Gama
86639 Port 135.2 The Brazilian & Lusophone African Short Story MWF 2-3 Zunguze
87003 Catalan 101 Beginning Catalan MWF 1-2 Redondo-Campillos

PORTUGUESE 101A: Portuguese for Advanced Students (3 units)

Prerequisites: Knowledge equivalent to two college years of another Romance language or consent of instructor. This is an introductory course for students with no previous study of Portuguese, designed to introduce the basics of the language, through readings in a variety of fields. Students must enroll concurrently in a section of 101B. The combination of 101A-101B constitutes an intensive introduction to Portuguese and prepares the student for further upper division language course work.

PORTUGUESE 101B: Portuguese for Advanced Students: Workshop (2 units)

Portuguese 101B is a language skills workshop designed to complement 101A; enrollment must be concurrent with that course. There is an emphasis on understanding, speaking, and writing Portuguese.

Portuguese 128 (CCN 86633): 20th Century Brazilian Literature (3 units)

Professor Candace Slater

This course offers an introduction to twentieth- and twenty-first century Brazilian literature and culture.   Our focus here will be individual families and the family, loosely defined. We’ll look at gender relations, at “the family” defined as the region or the nation, and the family as a shifting institution in a globalizing world. Writers on whom we’ll focus include Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Clarice Lispector, João Guimarães Rosa, and Milton Hatoum. The course gives particular emphasis to shorter fiction, pieces of which we will translate and upon which we will expand.

Portuguese 135.1: (CCN 86636): Cultures in context (3 units)

Caterina Gama

This course focuses on a series of interchanges involving both different Portuguese
speaking countries (Portugal, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola) and different art
forms and technologies. It involves “hybrid” cases such as that of Cape Verdean
artist Leão Lopes. The class will also look at crónicas and interviews that
raise questions about similar cultural responses as well as artistic conversations involving such
well known Portuguese and African authors as José Saramago and Mia Couto.
Students must be able to read and understand Portuguese; discussion will be primarily
in Portuguese. Papers for the course must be written in Portuguese.


Port. 135.2 (CCN 86639):  The Brazilian & Lusophone African Short Story (3 units)

Jeremias Zunguze

The short story in Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé is an important form of literary expression. In Brazil, the short story has been a privileged genre—with such writers as Machado de Assis in the late nineteenth-century; Mário de Andrade, Lima Barreto, Graciliano Ramos, Guimarães Rosa, and Clarice Lispector throughout the 20th-century; and Ana Paula Maia, Marilene Felinto, and Rogério Andrade Barbosa in contemporary Brazilian literature—representing the “idea of Brazil,” culturally, spatially, socially, and historically. More recent than Brazil’s long tradition is the African short story in Portuguese language. With writers such as Uanhenga Xitu, Pepetela, Luandino Vieira, Ondjaki, Germano de Almeida, Mia Couto, Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa, Lília Momplé, Carlos Edmilson Vieira, Maria Olinda Beja, among others since the late twentieth century, the short story has become a predominant mode of representation and form of myth making in Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and São Tomé. This course will explore the different ways in which the short story from traditions in Portuguese language has critically represented respective spaces, histories, societies, and value systems. The discussion will also include the dialogue between Lusophone African and Brazilian authors, similarities and differences in the way their writings grapple with the remaining effects of Portuguese colonization in tandem with the impacts of globalization to meaningfully imagine their communities. The class will be taught exclusively in Portuguese.