Intro to Luso-Brazilian Literature

Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Intro to Luso-Brazilian Literature

  • Host University

    Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina

  • Location

    Florianópolis, Brazil

  • Area of Study

    Latin American Studies, Literature, Modern Languages, Portuguese

  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    Advanced Linguistic competence is required for enrollment.

    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course introduces students to basic concepts of literary analysis through the study of Brazilian literature written in Portuguese. Looking at literary works in a variety of genres (poetry, prose and drama), students will analyze these texts while situating them within the larger frameworks of Luso-Brazilian and world literature.


    • To analyze the literary works of selected Brazilian authors.
    • To understand the main themes of selected authors' literary output.

    • To recognize the intertextual elements of literary works.

    • To produce short narratives and poetic texts in literary workshops.

    • To understand Luso-Brazilian literature’s place in the wider sphere of world literature.


    Unit 1: Poetry
    - Camões and Fernando Pessoa, an intertextual dialogue
    - Reverberations of Symbolism in Brazil: Cruz e Souza's poetries
    - The everyday poetry in Bagagem, Adélia Prado
    - Drummond's Lyric

    Unit 2: Prose
    - The foundation of Brazilian nation in Iracema, José de Alencar
    - Dom Casmurro, Machado de Assis?s the Brazilian Othelo
    - Manaus of the twentieth century, in Dois Irmãos, Miltom Hatoum
    - Azorean Culture in O fantástico na ilha de Santa Catarina, Franklin Cascaes
    - Anthropomorphism in Bichos, Miguel Torga

    Unit 3: Drama
    - The reality of the Brazilian workers in Eles não usam Black-tie, Gianfrancesco Guarnieri.
    - The religious syncretism in O pagador de promessas, Dias Gomes.
    - The renovation of the Brazilian Theater through Vestido de Noiva, Nelson Rodrigues.
    - Ariano Suassuna and the rereading of the Medieval Theater ..

    Unidade 4: Symposia
    - Contemporary Literature

    Note: The activities planned for each unit can be modified or adapted, with the approval of the Course pedagogical and general coordination, and students' agreement. There will be in-class oral and written exercises facilitated by the professor. 


    The approval is conditioned to the performance expected in the following:

    • Two written evaluations, 20% each = 40%;
    • Oral presentations (4) 5% each = 20%;
    • Homework = 20%;
    • Punctuality = 20%


    To be approved, the student must have a minimum of 70% of improvement and 75% of class frequency. The student cannot be absent on up to 25% of classes.In case of injury or sickness the absence of the student will not count if he presents a medical certificate. In this context, the classroom assignments shall be sent via e-mail to him. When the student joins back his group, the professor is instructed to pay extra attention to him/her in the process of catching up with the class.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Some courses may require additional fees.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations