Spanish & Portuguese | Luso-Brazilian Colloquium
P695 | 3800 | Sadlier

Topic: The Novel and Film in Portuguese

Professor Darlene J. Sadlier
MW 2:30-3:45    3cr      section#3800
Ballantine Hall 319

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 though 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
Graciliano Ramos, VIDAS SECAS (1939); Nelson Pereira dos Santos, VIDAS
SECAS (1963)
Graciliano Ramos, SÃO BERNARDO (1934); Leon Hirszman,
Jorge Amado, DONA FLOR E SEUS DOIS MARIDOS (1966); Bruno Barreto, DONA
Clarice Lispector, A HORA DA ESTRELA (1977); Suzana Amaral, A HORA DA
ESTRELA (1985)
José de Alencar, O GUARANI (1857); Norma Benguel, O GUARANI

Grading Requirements:
Graduate students will write a 20pp. research paper on a topic to be
decided upon in consultation with the instructor. An annotated
bibliography on the topic of research will be required along with an
in-class presentation.