Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (MA)

A.Y. 2019/2020
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course aims at proposing an approach to the study of the literary memory of the dictatorship of Estado Novo in Portugal (1933-1974) and the Regime Militar in Brazil (1964-1985). An introduction to the historical and socio-political processes of the two dictatorships is proposed, also from a comparative point of view. The critical and narratological analysis of three classic Portuguese novels and three classic Brazilian novels will be accompanied by a deepening on the theories of the representation of memory and of memory studies.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: to acquire the essential political and historiographical concepts to recognize dictatorial processes in Brazil and Portugal, understanding of elements of narratology to read critically novels, to learn about the main theories of memory studies.
Applying knowledge and understanding: to grasp the historical and cultural implications of the evolution of literary representations of social memory of two Dictatorships. To know the political and socio-economical and literary lexicon applied to the two Dictatorships.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
The course is titled DUAS DITADURAS, DUAS LITERATURAS. O LONGO SÉCULO XX DE BRASIL E PORTUGAL and consists of the following three teaching units:
A: 'Narrar o irrespirável'. Estado novo and colonialism in conemporary portuguese novel.
B: The remains of Brazilian Dictatorship. Literary memory(ies) and post-memory(ies) of Golpe and the autoritharian violence.

The course provides 9 credits. It is not possible to acquire only 6.

The aim of the course is to analyze literary production in Brazil and in Portugal during Estado Novo (1933-1974) and the Brazilian military dictatorship (1964-1985). In particula, the course will focus on the study of the novels of António Lobo Antunes, di Isabela Figueiredo e di Dulce Maria Cardoso.
In the literary context of dictatorial and post-dicatatorial Brazil, the novels of Renato Tapajós, Bernardo Kuscinski e Marcelo Rubens Paiva will be analyzed in their testimonial value and in the literary dimension of writing of the trauma.

The course program is valid until September 2021. From the summer session 2021 it will be possible to present exclusively the A.A. 2020-21 program.
Prerequisites for admission
The course will be taught entirely in Portuguese. Textbooks and activities in class or for self study assume that students already have a linguistic competence of level B2. Furthermore, it is necessary to have the access requirements to the LM C73 related to the Portuguese language, as indicated in the Manifesto degli Studi.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures; individual and group analysis and translation jobs; practical translation laboratories.
Teaching Resources
The course has a site on the online platform Ariel (https://vrussolp12.ariel.ctu.unimi.it), to which reference is made for lecture notes and other materials provided by the teacher. For each teaching unit, specific critical essays on individual works or on general questions will be made available on the site. The following are the mandatory reading materials for the various teaching units.

Examination program for attending students:
1) Essays:
About Portugal
António Costa Pinto (coord.), A busca da democracia 1960-2000, in História Contemporânea de Portugal: 1808-2010, Fundación Mapfre e Penguin Random House, Lisboa, 2015.
Carlos Reis, História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa Vol.IX - Do Neo-Realismo ao Post-Modernismo, Verbo Editora, Lisboa, 2016
Roberto Francavilla, Calligrafie morali. Discorsi del potere in José Cardoso Pires, António Lobo Antunes, Herberto Helder, Ets, Pisa, 2018.

António Lobo Antunes, Manual dos Inquisidores, D. Quixote, Lisboa, 1998.
Maria Tersa Horta, Maria Barreno, Maria Velho da Costa, Novas Cartas Portuguesas, edição anotada, D. Quixote, Lisboa, 2010. (1 edição 1972)
Dulce Maria Cardoso, O Retorno, Tinta-da-China, Lisbona, 2011.
Isabela Figueiredo, Caderno de memórias coloniais, Caminho, Lisboa, 2015 (1 ed. 2009)

About Brazil:
Regina Dalcastagné, O Espaço da dor, o regime de 64 no romance brasileiro, Brasília, Editora UnB, 1996.
Carlos Fico, O golpe de 1964: momentos decisivos, Rio de Janeiro, FGV Editora, 2014.
Dispensa di testi critici

Renato Tapajós, Em câmara lenta, São Paulo, Alfa-Omega, 1979.
Bernardo Kucinski, K. Relato de uma busca, São Paulo, Expressão Popular, 2011.
Marcelo Rubens Paiva, Ainda estou aqui, Alfaguara, Rio de Janeiro, 2015.

Non-attending students must contact the teachers to arrange an appropriate program.
The works listed can all be found in the Ariel page of the course.
Please note that the course is complemented by 'esercitazioni' classes, for which reference is made to the specific form.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test with the teacher of the monographic course. The oral exam with the teacher of the course includes questions asked by the teacher and interactions between teacher and student. The interview aims to verify the knowledge of the texts studied, the capacity for contextualization, the ability to expose, the precision in the use of specific terminology, the capacity for critical and personal reflection on the proposed themes.
For attending students only (those who attend 75% of hours), the oral text with the teacher of the course involves the preparation of a paper during a final workshop.

All the results of the written tests (final and partial) will be announced on the Ariel page of the course.
The final grade is expressed in thirtieths, and the student has the right to refuse it.

International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher promptly. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be established with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.
Unita' didattica A
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Russo Vincenzo
Unita' didattica B
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
Lessons: 20 hours