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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2004

LAS 392P • BRAZILIAN UTOPIAS

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39340 TH
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
PAR 8C
RONCADOR

Course Description

One of the most persistent ways of approaching a particular movement or period in literary studies consists in analyzing the ways writers have dealt with the question of form vs. ideology. This course proposes to examine two moments in Brazilian literary history—the 1930s and 1960s—when writers are especially prone to infuse their works with ethical and political messages. While analyzing the fiction and criticism from these two periods, we shall take into account the contexts (social, political, cultural) of production and circulation of both literary and critical discourses. Some topics of discussion will include: literature and politics in Brazil; the Brazilian “literature of redemption;” regionalism in the 1930s (the fiction of the sertão); literature under military dictatorship (censorship, exile, political memoirs, militant writings); and the impact of Theology of Liberation on Brazilian narrative. Finally, this course also proposes to analyze the emergence of the so-called “new politically-engaged art” from the 1990s onward, as well as a number of recent images of social exclusion in contemporary Brazilian literature.

Texts

Patrícia Galvão (Pagu). Parque Industrial. São Paulo/Porto Alegre: EDUFSCar/ Mercado Aberto, 1974; seleção de crônicas jornalísticas em Pagu: Vida e Obra (org. Augusto de Campos. Rachel de Queiroz. O Quinze. 34 ed. Rio de Janeiro: José Olympio, 1985. Graciliano Ramos. São Bernardo. Rio de Janeiro: Record, 1989; seleção de trechos de Memórias do Cárcere. Dyonelio Machado. Os ratos. 5 ed. Porto Alegre: Bels, 1974. Jorge Amado. A morte e a morte de Quincas Berro D’Água. 38 ed. Rio de Janeiro: Record, 1975. Antonio Callado. Quarup. 12 ed. Rio de Janeiro: Nova Fronteira, 1984. Carlos Heitor Cony. Pessach: a travessia. Rio de Janeiro: Civilização Brasileira, 1967. Rubem Fonseca. Feliz Ano Novo. Rio de Janeiro: Arte Nova, 1975. Fernando Bonassi. Um céu de estrelas. Siciliano: São Paulo, 1991. Patrícia Melo. O matador. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 1995.

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