Spanish & Portuguese | Luso-Brazilian Colloquim
P695 | 4080 | D. Sadlier
Professor Darlene Sadlier
MW 2:30pm - 3:45pm/section #4080/3cr./Ballantine Hall 316
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 Fonsecaís "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 Getuílio Vargas (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 "Capit„es 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 "S„o 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.
This course meets jointly with P495 section #4078.