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

Spring 2008

POR 375 • Luso-Brazilian Literature

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Course Description

As a course designed to acquaint students with Brazilian female literary production, Brazilian Women's Writings covers a great variety of texts by major women fiction writers from 19th century up to the present. One of the courses main purposes is to articulate these writings to womens own history in Brazil. It is also aimed at relating some of these writings to Brazilian womens visual arts and films.

Some topics of discussion include: Brazilian feminist movements and their impact on women's literature and press; womens social roles in domestic and public spheres as reflected in their own literature; working-class/ethnic womens testimonial literature; feminist scholarship in Brazil.

Grading Policy

Final grade will be based on: class participation (10%) weekly written assignments (20%) four tests (40%) one final exam (30%).


Xerox Packet (a selection of stories and critical essays made by the instructor): the course packet will include a variety of female writers, namely 19th-century Nísia Floresta and Júlia Lopes de Almeida; 20th-century Modernist Patrícia Galvão, Rachel de Queiroz, and Cecília Meireles; Contemporary authors such as Clarice Lispector, Lygia Fagundes Telles, Marcia Denser, and Sonia Coutinho; and, finally, testimonial writers Carolina Maria de Jesus and Francisca Souza da Silva.


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