Skip Navigation
UT wordmark
College of Liberal Arts wordmark
spanish masthead
Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Spring 2007

POR 381 • Women Writers and Gender Representation in 19th-Century Brazil

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46725 TTh
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
BEN 1.118

Course Description

This course is designed to acquaint students with a variety of novels and stories by major writers in 19th-century Brazil and, in particular, with their constructions of womanhood, domestic life, as well as the several meanings attached in such literature to non-white, working womenincluding slaves. This course also focuses on several women's literary and journalistic writings from the same periodones which for a long time were excluded from literary history, yet recently recovered and re-edited by feminist scholars. Our purpose here is thus to approach the depiction (and idealization) of female characters in mainstream fictional writings and compare it with women writers own textual representations of womanhood and gender roles. Some topics of discussion include: female vs. male abolitionist novels; the emergence of feminine/feminist magazines and newspapers in major Brazilian cities in mid (to late)-19th century; the portrait of women intellectuals in female 19th-century bildungsroman; and womens roles and allegories of female body in nationalist 19th-century literary discourse.

Grading Policy

Your grade will be based on: active class participation, including exercises such as leading class discussion (30%); one oral report of the final paper proposal (20%); and a final research paper (50%).


Nisia Floresta Brasileira Augusta. Opßsculo Humanitário (1853); "Woman" (essay published in1865) Maria Firmina dos Reis. Úrsula (1859); A escrava (story published in 1887) José de Alencar. Iracema (1865) Joaquim Manuel de Macedo. As vðtimas-algozes: quadros da escravidão (1869) Bernardo Guimarães. A escrava Isaura (1875) Machado de Assis. Helena (1876) Maria Benedita Bormann (Délia). Lesbia (1884) Aluðsio Azevedo. O Cortiço. (1890) Julia Lopes de Almeida. A viuva Simòes (1897) Emilia Freitas. A rainha do Ignoto (1899)


bottom border