Contemporary Portuguese Literature


It is expected that students:
a) perform a close reading of some Portuguese literary works of the XXth century;
b) develop a capacity of conceptualisation and criticism based on the comprehension of the selected texts;
c) acquire the capacity to propose new interpretations of the contemplated literary works.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Golgona Luminita Anghel


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

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Textos de leitura aconselhada:
Bessa-Luís, Agustina, “No caminho de Emaús” (1954), in Contos Impopulares, Lisboa, Guimarães Editores, 2004, pp. 99-109.
Bragança, Nuno, A Noite e o Riso (1970), Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 1986.
Llansol, Maria Gabriela, O Livro das Comunidades (1977), Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2017.
Oliveira, Carlos de, Finisterra (1978), Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2003.
Pessoa, Fernando, O banqueiro anarquista (1922), edição e notas de Manuela Parreira da Silva, Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 1999.
Velho da Costa, Maria, Missa in Albis (1988), Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim, 2016.

Teaching method

Classes will have a theoretical and practical approach, assessed by a close reading of texts.
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 essay(70%)

Subject matter

We propose a transversal reading of the literary object, experimenting it as a laboratory of a question that exceeds it, and yet can only be be apprehended inside it: living together. The subject will work as a dispositive of creation and as a force of expression.
Topics: 1. Before starting: “how to live together?” 2. Agustina Bessa-Luís, “diverging from time, recomposing the world”; 3.1. Maria Velho da Costa, “tell to live: the fictionalized hypothesis of a familiar space; 3.2. “a singular love”; 4.1. Carlos de Oliveira, “ruins for a memory”, 4.2. “strategies of the common: to dwell, to receive, to pay attention to others”; 5.1. Nuno Bragança, “circulation of the forbidden”, 5.2. “configuration of the uncertain”; 6.1. Maria Gabriela Llansol, “geography of the disorder”/ “figures of dissipation”, 6.2. “communities of exception”; 7. Fernando Pessoa, “ethics of egoism and apology of the anarchist community”.