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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2006

POR 341 • Luso-Brazilian Civilization & Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45945 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
ben 1.102

Course Description

Brazilian Culture in Mass Media is a course designed to study a variety of films, television as well as radio programs, music, newspaper, and popular literature produced in 20th-century Brazil with an emphasis on the cultural aspects of Brazilian society reflected in them: race and social class relations; Brazilian city and urban violence; the melodrama in soap-operas and music, and related conceptions of gender; and technology and the process of modernization in Brazil. This course will also examine the dialogue between literature and mass media in twentieth-century Brazil: television and cinema as leitmotivs in fictional writings, and the adaptation of literature into films are a few of the proposed topics. By addressing cultural production in a more encompassing way, we hope ultimately to reveal the regional, social and cultural diversity of Brazilian society.

Grading Policy

Consistent attendance is mandatory. Since four absences are allowed during the semester, please reserve them for illness, religious holidays or other personal emergencies, and do not consider them "free" days. Absence from a class is not an excuse for missing homework assignments or tests. Students must read all assigned texts in advance and should be able to answer the instructor's questions on the content and significance of the works. Prior to each class period, two to three questions will be sent to students (via email or Blackboard); students should type out their answers and be prepared to hand them in. Students will periodically get feedback both on the content of their analyses, and on the quality of their writing (i.e. Portuguese grammar and style, clarity of thought, organization of topics, etc.). Final grade will be based on: Class participation 10% Weekly written assignments 20% Four tests 40% One 10 page final paper 30%

In week 14, students will have to orally present their final paper proposals. A one-on-one meeting to discuss their proposals will follow those oral presentations. Since the quality of written expression of the final paper will also be considered for evaluation, students are highly encouraged to schedule extra individual appointments through which the instructor can help them improve their writing.


Audio-visual material: A selection of films, TV videos, and music Textual material: Xerox Packet 1 (a hand-out of fictional texts by writers such as João do Rio, Cecëlia Meireles, Rachel de Queiroz, Clarice Lispector, Rubem Fonseca, Caio Fernando Abreu, and Paulo Lins) Xerox Packet 2/E-Reserve (critical essays by a variety of critics like Antonio Candido, Alceu Amoroso Lima, Flora Sussekind, Hermano Viana, José Ramos Tinhorão, Mario Pedrosa, Charles Perrone, Heloisa Buaarque de Holanda, Glauber Rocha, Roberto Schwarz, Silviano Santiago, Helio Oiticica, Ferreira Gullar, Randal Johnson, Robert Stam, and João Cezar Castro Rocha)


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