Spanish and Portuguese | Literature and Film in Portuguese
P505 | 26189 | D. Sadlier

Professor Darlene Sadlier

P505	Literature and Film in Portuguese

TR 2:30pm – 3:45pm/section# 26189/3cr./BH 333
Film: T 6:30pm – 9:00pm/WY 005

Throughout the twentieth century, Portugal and especially Brazil’s
intermittent success in the international film marketplace has been
achieved though its ability to fashion important pictures out of the
work of its most celebrated authors. In 1975, all five of the
screenplays nominated for the Brazilian Instituto Nacional de
Cinema’s prestigious “Golden Owl” award were adaptations. Moreover,
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. This was also true of
film makers in Lusophone Africa.  In recent years, many of the most
admired films in Portuguese 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 20th century and early 21st 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.

Grading Requirements:

All students will write a midterm and final exam as well as a
research paper (undergraduates 6-8pp; graduates 10-12pp) on a topic
to be decided upon in consultation with the instructor. They will
also give an in-class presentation based on their final research

Note:  This class meets jointly with HISP-P 498 and HISP-P 505.