P500 | 4084 | Karpa-wilson

Professor Sabrina Karpa-Wilson

TR 2:30 - 3:45pm/section # 4084/3cr./Ballantine Hall 315

P500 is the first semester of a two-semester introduction to the
literatures of the Portuguese-speaking world. In the first semester we
will focus on the literatures of Portugal and Brazil, from the 12th to
the 19th century. The purpose of the course is not to present an
exhaustive chronological survey, but to introduce students to some of
the major texts and themes of Luso-Brazilian literature through the
careful reading of representative poetic, narrative and dramatic
works. Texts and themes we will consider include: love, satire and the
grotesque in medieval Galician-Portuguese poetry, farce and social
commentary in the 16th-century theater of Gil Vicente, visions of
Portuguese grandeur and decadence in Luís de Camões epic
poetry, travel narrative and the chronicles of discovery (selections),
the rhetoric of excess in Padre Antônio Vieira's Baroque
sermons, and the use and abuse of history in Romantic theater and


All students will be required to take a midterm and a final exam. They
will also write a paper on a topic to be discussed with the instructor
(undergraduates: 8-10 pages; graduate students: 15 pages).

P500 is offered jointly with P400.