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

Fall 2005

POR 320E • Brazilian Women's Writings in Translation - W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47965 TTh
-TBA-2:00 PM

Course Description

As a course designed to acquaint students with Brazilian female literary production, Brazilian Women's Writings in Translation covers a great variety of texts by major women fiction writers from 19th century up to the present. One of the course's main purposes is to articulate these writings to women's own history in Brazil. It is also aimed at relating some of these writings to Brazilian women's visual arts and films. Some topics of discussion include: Brazilian feminist movements and their impact on women's literature and press; women's social roles in domestic and public spheres as reflected in their own literature; working-class/ethnic women's testimonial literature; feminist scholarship in Brazil. 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 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. English grammar and style, clarity of thought, organization of topics, etc.).

Grading Policy

Final grade will be based on: Class participation 10% Weekly written assignments 20% Four Exams 40% Final paper (8-10 pages) 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.


Course Packet. Primary Readings to include: 19th century writers: Nisia Floresta's "Woman", Carmen Dolores's "Aunt Zeze's Tears", Julia Lopes de Almeida's "He and She" (excerpts), and Helena Morley's "The Diary of Helena Morley" (excerpts). 20th century writers: Patricia Galvao's "Industrial Park" (excerpts), Rachel de Queiroz's "The Year Fifteen" (excerpts), Carolina Maria de Jesus's "Child of the Dark" (excerpts), Clarice Lispector's "The Imitation of the Rose", Lygia Fagundes Telles's "THe Sauna", Sonia Coutinho's "Last Summer in Copacabana" and Marilene Felinto's "Women of Tijucopapo" (excerpts).


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