Theory of Literature


a) knowledge about literary autonomy.

b) Recognize the diversity of the field of literary studies.

c) Knowledge of principal concepts of this field of studies: literary text, literary work, the author and significance.

d) Knowledge of interpretation methods and its implications.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Humberto Carlos Catita Palma Brito


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Total - 168

Teaching language





Barthes, Roland - Crítica e Verdade (trad.), Ed. 70, Lisboa
- O Rumor da Língua (trad.), Ed. 70 Lisboa

AAVV, Interpretação e Sobreinterpretação – (trad. port.) Ed. Presença, Lisboa

Iser, Wolfgang - The act of Reading: a theory of Aesthetic Response, Johns Hopkins
University Press.

Sartre, Jean-Paul, Qu´est-ce que la littérature ? Gallimard, Paris, 1964


Teaching method

The classes will be theoretical and practical. Exposure, criticism and discussion of interpretations will be based in bibliography and in examples of literary texts. This procedure calls for the student participation, in order to provide them with an argumentative practice. 

Evaluation method

A Written test on the studied subjects (70%), oral presentation of themes in the choice of students(30%)

Subject matter

1. The autonomy of literature and the paradoxes of literary institution.
2. Relations between history, theory and criticism of literature.
3. Critical concepts: literary text, author, literary, literary institution, interpretation;
4. Literary texts and the break with the historical-social context.
5. The pragmatism of reading and the significance.


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