Spanish and Portuguese | Luso-Brazilian Colloquium
P495 | 16322 | Professor Darlene Sadlier
HISP-P 495 Luso-Brazilian Colloquium (3 credit hours)
Topic: Trans-Atlantic and Other Travels in Lusophone Literature
The idea of travel is implicit in the novel whose structure is often
described along the lines of an individual’s journey through society
and life. Our course will be examining various literary genres in
which the image of travel is a dominant or implicit motif. The
course will begin in the medieval period with CANTIGA DE AMIGOS in
which the woman laments the absence of her (traveling) lover.
Examples of travel in Renaissance literature include a Gil Vicente
play, Portuguese literature of exploration in Brazil, India, Africa
and the Far East, and selections from Camões epic, OS LUSIADAS. In
addition to a few poems from the 17th and 18th centuries, we will
read the romantic writer Almeida Garrett’s sentimental VIAGENS NA
MINHA TERRA, Machado de Assis’s amusing tale “A Parasita Azul,” and
Eça de Queiroz’s novel about a decadent society, A CIDADE E AS
Serras. More contemporary works will include stories by Brazilians
Clarice Lispector, Elisa Lispector (Clarice’s sister), Guimarães
Rosa and the novel JANGADA DE PEDRA by Portugal’s Nobel Prize-
winning author, José Saramago. Written on the eve of Portugal’s
entry into the European Union, this unusual work describes an
Iberian Peninsula broken off from Europe and traveling aimlessly
around the Atlantic.
Students will write a midterm and final exam and a short research
paper. They will give an in-class presentation on their work at the
end of the semester.
HISP-P 495 #16322 1:00P-2:15P TR BH214 Professor Darlene Sadlier
Note: This class meets jointly with HISP-P 695.