Spanish & Portuguese | Luso-Brazilian Colloquium
P495 | 4078 | Darlene Sadlier

P495 Luso-Brazilian Colloquium (3 credits)

Topic: The Literature of Social Protest in Brazil and Portugal

The special topic selected for study will introduce students to
a group of works written over a thirty-year period that challenged
directly or indirectly the status quo in their respective countries.
The books from Portugal were all written during the nearly fifty-year
dictatorship of Salazar, beginning with Soeiro Pereira Gomes's
Esteiros, an unsettling portrait of child industrial laborers in the
1940s which was banned shortly after publication. Our readings from
Portugal will include Neo-Realist works by authors such as Manuel da
Fonseca Seara de Vento as well as sections from Novas cartas
portuguesas by the "Three Marias," who were arrested and put on trial
in the early 1970s for having written an immoral and subversive book.

	The works from Brazil were written under different governments
and regimes, including the administration of President-turned-dictator
GetlioVargas (1930-45) and the military dictatorship (1964-1981). I
have selected works that deal with issues and themes similar to those
treated in the literature  from Portugal. For example, Jorge Amado's
Capitães da Areia focuses on the struggle of a group of children to
survive in the city of Salvador, Bahia. The master/slave relationship
created and sustained by the landowning system known as the latifundio
is a major theme in both Seara de Vento and Graciliano Ramos's São
Bernardo.  Similar to Novas cartas portuguesas, Lygia Fagundes
Telles's As meninas, written during the military dictatorship, is
about three women who are struggling to liberate themselves sexually
and politically.

	While the course will focus on the historical, social and
political issues raised by the various authors, we will also discuss
formal issues, such as style and point of view, that characterize this
important group of trans-Atlantic works.

Students will be required to write a midterm and final as well
as a short paper. They will present an in-class presentation on the
topic of their paper.

P495    #4078    2:30P-3:45P   MW    BH316    Prof. Darlene Sadlier