História e Ficção na Cultura Portuguesa (not translated)


1. Students will be able to acquire fundamental knowledge in a historical and social context between the middle Ages and the 20th century, within a multidisciplinary engagement in areas as art, literature, philosophy, politics and science.
2. Students will be able to reflect upon the varied ways to use historical themes in the area of literary fiction.
3. Students will be able to be actively involved in the approach to the proposed issue and in identifying the contents of the texts to be read and analyzed.
4. Students will be able to make a profound study of specific thematic guidelines establishing a relationship between the history of Portugal and literary creation.
5. Students will be able to master theoretical instruments in order to identify a fictional work as a product linked to the moment of its conception.
6. Students will be able to develop a creative research capacity on the topic at hand, with quality and accuracy in the work to be prepared, both at oral and writing level.

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BARTHES, Roland. 1968. “L’effet de réel”, Communications. 11, 84-89.
CHAVES, Castelo Branco. 1980. O Romance Histórico no Romantismo Português. Amadora: MCC - Biblioteca Breve.
GOFF, Jacques le. 1984. “História”, in Enciclopédia Einaudi, I – Memória-História. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda, 158-259.
MARINHO, Maria de Fátima (Org.). 2004. Literatura e História. Actas do Colóquio Internacional. Porto: Faculdade de Letras: DEPER.
MARINHO, Maria de Fátima. 1999. O Romance Histórico em Portugal. Porto: Campo das Letras.
RICOEUR, Paul. 1985. “L´entrecroisement de l´histoire et de la fiction” in Temps et récit, III – Le temps raconté. Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 264-279.
ROSSUM-GUYON, Françoise Van. 1976. “Ponto de vista ou perspectiva narrativa”, in AAVV. Categorias da narrativa (trad. de Fernando Cabral Martins). Lisboa: Arcádia, 21-59.

Teaching method

During lessons, special emphasis is given to reading and interpretation of a number of texts form an anthology, available in a class dossier, and students are continuously and in a balanced manner encouraged for reading and applying the acquired knowledge in terms of an historical and social context, as well as to distinguish the story \"that is told\" regarding the story \"that is written\", with a view to select an issue to a written paper.

Evaluation method

The assessment method is divided into two distinct moments: elaboration of a research paper (65%) and an oral presentation regarding the subject chosen for this same written work (35%). The evaluation of students aims to gauge the effectiveness of teaching methodologies implemented throughout the semester, and further verify to what extent their skills have been developed properly.

Subject matter

1 – The power legitimized through History.
2 – The myth as an exemplum.
3 – History and the literary creation.
4 – The historical novel: truth and verisimilitude.
5 – Memory and rewriting.
6 – Biography and testimony.


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