Literature and Cinema - 1st semester


It is expected that students:
a) learn to contextualize some literary and cinematic works, establishing a dialogue between the History of Literature and Cinema in Portugal and the Literary and Cinema Criticism;
b) get familiarized with the specific vocabulary of the formal grammar of cinema, such as: plan, sequence, assembling, travelling, sound track, script, among others;
c) exercise close reading and visualisation of different text and cinema genders, aiming to develop a critical discourse on it;
d) reflect on how Literature and Cinema articulate diverse discursive approaches regarding the necessities of representation and expression that, in certain situations, they get confronted with.

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Responsible teacher

Golgona Anghel


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

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Textos literários:
Oliveira, Carlos de, Uma abelha na chuva (1953), Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2015.
Brandão, Raul, O Gebo e a Sombra (1923)/ O Avejão, Lisboa, Publicações Europa América, 2003.
Bessa-Luís, Agustina, Vale Abraão (1991), Lisboa, Relógio d’Água, 2017.
Pessoa, Fernando, Livro do Desassossego, ed. Richard Zenith, 8.ª ed., Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2009.
Garrett, Almeida, Frei Luís de Sousa (1844), 10ª ed., Porto, Porto Editora, 2017.
Botelho, João, Quem és tu?, 112 min., 2001.
______ , Filme do desassossego, 90 min., 2010.
César Santos, João, Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, 19 min., 1969.
Costa, Pedro, Juventude em marcha, 155 min., 2006.
Leitão de Barros, José, Camões: Erros Meus, Má Fortuna, Amor Ardente, 118 min., 1946.
Lopes Ribeiro, António, Frei Luís de Sousa, 115 min., 1950.
Lopes, Fernando, Uma abelha na chuva, 66 min., 1971.
Oliveira, Manoel de, Acto da Primavera, 94 min., 1962/ Vale Abraão, 202 min., 1993./, O Gebo e a Sombra, 2005.

Teaching method

Classes will have a theoretical and practical approach, assessed by a close reading/visualisation of texts and films excerpts. Except the shorts – that will be presented entirely during the classes-, the long movies will be made available on line.
At the beginning of the semester, an anthology of critical texts will be recommended to students.
It is expected that students read previously the texts announced for the class.

Evaluation method

Oral presentation: 30%.
Written assignment: 70%.

Subject matter

1. “The mirror of a nation”
1.1. Leitão de Barros, Camões the American way, “a work of public utility”
1.2. António Lopes Ribeiro, a case of filmed theatre
2. “New Cinema, old country”
2.1 Manoel de Oliveira, “the reality of the artifice”
2.2. Carlos de Oliveira e Fernando Lopes, deconstruction of the narrative cinema
3. “National authorism”
3.1. Raul Brandão, “the life of phantasm”
3.2. Manoel de Oliveira: a) “the raw-boned soul of things”; b) how can cinema get into the theatre?
3.4. Agustina Bessa-Luís, on humour as a possibility of salvation
3.5. Manoel de Oliveira, a) “A river calls for another river” - “geographical places/spiritual places”;
3.7. João César Monteiro (Santos), “a room with sea view” or how to picture poetry?
3.8. João Botelho, a) narrative strategies; b) on literature as painting
3. 10. Fernando Pessoa: on read text as “distorted literature”
3.11. Pedro Costa, a) politics and poetry, the wealth of no matter who; b) sharing letters, the imagination of a common


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