Introduction to Traditional Literature


a) To critically reflect about the concepts of tradition and traditional literature;
b) To set into perspective the diversity and specificity of the traditional poetic and narrative genres;
c) To critically analyse traditional novella, songbook and pan-hispanic ballads, in light of history, genre form and thematic.

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BELTRÁN, Vicenç (2004), \"Poesía tradicional / poesía popular\" in Pedro M. Piñero Ramírez et al. (ed.), De la canción de amor medieval a las soleares. Profesor Manuel Alvar in memoriam : Actas del III Congreso Internacional Lyra Mínima Oral, celebrado en Sevilla, del 26 al 28 de noviembre de 2001, Sevilla, Fundación Machado y Universidad de Sevilla, pp.65-74.
COSTA, José Ricardo Marques da (2004), O Livro dos Provérbios Portugueses, 2ª. ed. revista e ampliada, Lisboa, Presença.
VASCONCELOS, José Leite de (1958-1960), Romanceiro Português, Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra.
_____________ (1963), Contos populares e lendas, Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra.
_____________ (1997), Cancioneiro Popular Português, coord. e introd. de Maria Arminda Zaluar Nunes, Coimbra, Universidade de Coimbra.

Teaching method

Classes will have a theoretical-practical character, aiming at an active participation of the students, who will contribute with the presentation of short papers, always followed by a discussion. The professor will present the conclusions at the end of each session. In other theoretical moments the professor will present the various items and periodically systematize the acquired knowledge.

Evaluation method

Evaluation will pay special attention to the short works presented in classes, as well as to the participation of students in discussions (20%). The students will also have two written tests, in presence, with consultation, corresponding each of them to 40%.

Subject matter

1.The concepts of tradition and traditional literature: questions of terminology
2. The narrative genre: the tales
3. The lyrical and epic-lyric genre: songbook and pan-hispanic ballads
4. Paremiological gender: the proverbs


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