Latin American Studies | Contemporary Brazil
L502 | 25720 | Sadlier, D.

L502: Contemporary Brazil
Instructor: Darlene Sadlier
TR 1-2:15; T 6:30-9

Taught in English, this course will survey issues specific to the
history, politics, and culture of Brazil from the advent of the
Republic (1889) to present day. Subjects to be addressed in the
course include: the sertão (backlands), messianism and banditry;
modernity and artistic modernism; Getúlio Vargas’ “Estado Novo” (New
State dictatorship); Brasília and the modern frontier; the
telenovela (soap opera) and the New Cinema movement; the military
dictatorship of 1964; post-dictatorial Brazil; the rise of
pentecostalism; drugs, violence, and new dystopian cinema.

Occasional films will be shown on Tuesday evenings and they are a
required part of the course.


All students will write a mid-term and final exam. They will also be
required to write a short research paper (on a topic to be decided
upon in consultation with the instructor) and to give an in-class
presentation based on their research.