Guided Reading


Turma A e B

a) To gain knowledge on the literary text methods and theories
b) To apply theoretical and methodological knowledge of the literary text to the
analysis of texts or works from various temporal, linguistic and cultural horizons;
c) To acquire the competence to write a text commentary, using the composition
rules of an essay.

Turma C

a) To provide students with a general outline of English medieval literature until the
end of the 14th century, focusing on some major literary texts;
b) To introduce students to the literary identity of a country in constant interaction
with mainland Europe;
c) To help students put into practice the information provided, by applying it, as

critically and independently as possible, to their topics, thereby enhancing their
research, analytical and interpretative skills.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Alda Maria Jesus Correia, Miguel Nuno Mercês de Mello de Alarcão e Silva, Eduarda Gil Lopes Barata


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Turma A e B

COMPAGNON, Antoine. 2007. La Littérature pour quoi faire ? Paris: Fayard [Para que serve a literatura? Lisboa: Deriva, 2010]
ECO, Umberto. 1993. Leitura do Texto Literário – Lector in Fabula. Lisboa: Presença.
REIS, Carlos. 2001. O conhecimento da literatura. Introdução aos estudos literários.Coimbra: Almedina.
ROGER, Jérôme. 2007. La Critique littéraire. Paris: Armand Colin.
SILVA, Vítor Aguiar e, Teoria da Literatura. Coimbra : Coimbra Almedina, 1986.


Turma C

I – ALEXANDER, Michael, trad. (1984), Beowulf. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., <Penguin Classics>.
.................................................... (1982), The Earliest English Poems. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., <Penguin Classics>.
GORDON, R. W., ed./trad. (1977), Anglo-Saxon Poetry. London: J. M. Dent & Sons, Ltd., <Everyman's Library>.
KENNEDY, Charles, ed./trad. (1960), An Anthology of Old English Poetry. New York: Oxford University Press.
STONE, Brian trad. (1986), Medieval English Verse. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., Penguin Classics
TREHARNE, Elaine, ed (2000), Old and Middle English: an Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers Ltd., <Blackwell Anthologies>.
II – STONE, Brian, ed./trad. (1982), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., <Penguin Classics>.
III – CHAUCER, Geoffrey (1982), The Canterbury Tales. Ed./trad. Nevill Coghill. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd., <Penguin Classics>.

Obs: Poderão ser utilizadas edições mais recentes dos textos primários.

Teaching method

Turma A e B

Presentation of appropriate methodologies for the analysis of fiction and poetry.
Examples of analysis through the study of excerpts or works in totality, with
reference to studies made by critics.

Turma C

Apart from the lectures, leaving aside, at the end of each class, a short period for
comments and debate, suggestions for further reading will be made available,
together with the regular monitoring of the students´ researches.
An essay to be handed in at the end of the semester (max. 12 pages, A4): 100%.

Evaluation method

Turma A e B - Continuous evaluation; written test (50%);(50%), preparation of an essay to be defined with the teacher (50%); attendance will be taken into account.(50%)# Turma C - An essay to be handed in at the end of the semester (max. 12 pages, A4):(100%)

Subject matter

Turma A e B

I. Theoretical questions
1.1. Literary criticism: ambitions and limits
1.2. Circumscribing the literary object: critical perspectives
1.3. The reader
II. Words and things: literature and naming
2.1. The legacy of Saussure
2.2. Questioning and naming (the experience of Perceval the Gaul)
2.3. The place of the observer (Las Meninas de Velasquez)
III. The library of Babel: literature as a relation
3.1. Literary inventio
3.2. Intertextuality and ekphrasis
3.3. «The diaphanous mantle of fantasy»: literature, fiction, history
3.4. Comparative literature and world literature
IV. Forms
4.1. Literary form and worldview
4.2. Lyric poetry
4.3. Singularities of the dramatic text
4.4. The narrative principle
4.5. Hybridisms

Turma C

I - Anglo-Saxon literature (7th-11th centuries):
I.1. Introduction;
I.2. Religious texts;
I.3. Secular texts.
II - Anglo-French literature (11th-13th centuries):
II.1. Introduction;
II.2. The &quot;Matter of Britain&quot;;
II.3. The &quot;Matter of England&quot;.
III - Towards (an) English literature (14th century):
III.1. Introduction;
III.2. Religious texts;
III.3. Secular texts;
III.4. The alliterative revival;
III.5. Geoffrey Chaucer.