PRT Portuguese Courses
An introduction to the main elements of the language with emphasis on oral and written practice. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT110Y1)
An introduction to Portuguese for students who speak or understand Portuguese but have not formally studied it. (May not be taken by students who, in the judgement of the Department, qualify for entry into PRT220Y1)
A survey of historical and cultural trends in Portugal from the Middle Ages to the present. Art and music are studied in addition to historical/cultural movements to gain a perspective of the uniqueness of Portugal both within Iberia and in Europe in general. (Offered in alternate years)
The introductory study of literary texts and consideration of the various ways authors express and situate themselves in culture. Semiotics, gender, the literary canon, advertising, the nature of literary language, and cinema.
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
Intensive practice in written and oral Portuguese for the advanced student. Reading and discussion of contemporary literature.
A study of the driving ideologies behind the “Age of Discoveries.” Close scrutiny of key texts reveals how the ideas of displacement, sex, violence, gender, and colonization play crucial roles in the establishment and maintenance of nationhood and nationality in Renaissance Portugal. (Offered in alternate years)
In years when this course is offered, topics are described in the departmental brochure.
Focus on modern and contemporary Brazilian literature and its social contexts, and examination of the relationship between literary movements and Brazilian cinema, music and art. (Offered in alternate years)
In years when this course is offered, topics are described in detail in the departmental brochure.
An examination of Portuguese literature as it confronts the changing social, political, and aesthetic currents of the twentieth century. The Orpheu movement of Fernando and Sa-Carneiro, Presenca and Neo-Realism as well as contemporary authors such as Lydia Jorge and Jose Saramago are studied. (Offered in alternate years)
Studies Portuguese and Brazilian Romanticism tracing the development of a new sense of personal and national identity in those countries as reflected in novels, poems and essays. (Offered in alternate years)
An instructor-supervised group project in an off-campus setting. See page 40 for details.
A study of the more advanced areas of Portuguese grammar and language use. Discussion of issues relating to syntax, vocabulary and style as they arise in essays and readings of literary texts. The expressive resources of the language. Introduction to the stylistic analysis of literary texts. Intensive written and oral practice. (Offered in alternate years)
The syntax and expressive resources of Portuguese and English. Written and oral translation of literary, technical and commercial texts. (Offered in alternate years)
A study of the works of Camões, including the entirety of Os Lusíadas, and a substantial portion of the lyrics and theatre. (Offered in alternate years)
Fiction in Portugal and Brazil from the 19th century to the present. Naturalism, realism, the experimental novels of the 1920’s, the novel of social protest. (Offered in alternate years)
The novel as a way of life. The growth and maturation of Machado and Eça as novel-/life-writers, from Eça’s critical examination of Portuguese society to Machado’s corrosive skepticism. The ongoing dialogue between the two authors evidences their philosophies of novelistic writing and reading. (Offered in alternate years)
The development of the Luso-Brazilian short story. Examination of theories of the genre as they relate to short stories of Machado de Assis, Eça de Queiroz, Graciliano Ramos, João Guimareaes Rosa, Clarice Lispector and Miguel Torga. (Offered in alternate years)
Individual study with a member of staff on a topic of common interest including readings, discussion and written assignments.
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