Spanish & Portuguese | Luso-Brazilian Colloquium
P495 | 3799 | Sadlier


P495: Luso-Brazilian Colloquium: Literature and Film in Portuguese
MW 2:30-3:45 BH319
All film showings to take place on Mondays at 6:30pm in BH330.

Course Description:
	Throughout the twentieth century, Brazil's intermittent success in
the international film marketplace has been achieved largely through its
ability to fashion important pictures out of the work of its most
celebrated authors. Thus in 1975, all five of the screenplays nominated
for the Brazilian Instituto Nacional de Cinema's prestigious "Golden
Owl" award were adaptations.  During the heyday of the Brazilian
"Cinema Novo"(1960's-1970's) which is arguably the most
significant era of production, radical film makers repeatedly used
literature as a way of covertly criticizing the right-wing military
regime; and in recent years, many of the most admired Brazilian
films have been adaptations.

	This course will provide an historical overview of this link
between film and literature. But it will concentrate mainly on films
from the latter half of the century that are easily accessible in the
United States. The films selected are highly diverse and reflect a
broad range of styles and approaches to movie-making during
this period. Although the course will examine the differences
between film and literature as media, its chief aim is to demonstrate
what might be called the politics of adaptation-that is, the ways
in which a medium like motion pictures, which addresses large
audiences, can employ literature to acquire cultural capital,
forge national identity, and effect political action.

Tentative List of Primary Texts: Books and Films:
Hans Staden, "Viagem ao Brasil" (1576); Nelson Pereira
dos Santos,  "Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês" (1971)
Graciliano Ramos, "Vidas Secas" (1939); Nelson Pereira dos
Santos, "Vidas Secas" (1963)
Graciliano Ramos, "São Bernardo" (1934); Leon
Hirszman, "São Bernardo", (1972)
Jorge Amado, "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" (1966);
Bruno Barreto, "Dona Flor e Seus Dois Maridos" (1976)
Clarice Lispector, "A Hora da Estrela" (1977); Suzana Amaral,
"A Hora da Estrela" (1985)
José de Alencar, "O Guarani" (1857); Norma Benguel,
"O Guarani" (1996)

Grading Requirements:
	Undergraduates will write a midterm and final exam as well as a
6-8pp. research paper on a topic to be decided upon in consultation
with the instructor. They will also give an in-class presentation on
their research.

P495   #3799      2:30-3:45P   MW    BH319     Prof. Darlene Sadlier
Film Showings 6:30-9:30P    M        BH330