African Literature in Portuguese

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
L-LIN/08
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
This course aims to provide students with a general understanding of historical, political and literary evolution of luphone african cultures. An introduction to formation («formação») of african national literatures in portuguese is offered, with a specific attention to complex colonial and political history. An introduction will be given to the historical study of Africa and to the theoretical problems related with the analysis of postcolonial literatures in portuguese.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: outline of african history and of portuguese colonialism in Africa; formation of african colonies, development of national literatures , main authors and literary movements from Colonial Literature to the postcolonial contemporary era with a specific attention to Angola, Cap-Vert and Mozambique; fundamental elements of history of ideas and conceptual history that help analyze the societies and cultures of these countries. Applying knowledge and understanding: ability to read and contextualize some paradigmatic works of african thought and postcolonial literatures in portuguese; understanding of historic, cultural, and social implications of literary texts; ability to place authors, movements and works in their context; ability to analyze literary texts through the application of ideas and concepts borrowed from literary criticism, post-colonial theory, cultural studies and historiography.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
The course will be held mainly by online synchronous online lectures using Teams, with the exception of some asynchronous lessons (video lessons) and some in-presence lessons with group activities (about every 15 days).
Students who do not participate in face-to-face lessons will carry out an alternative online activity that will allow them to develop the same skills as the activity proposed in the classroom.
The schedule of lessons and all the details of the activities will be published in the online course. Any updates will also be communicated through announcements in the online course (please read often mail @studenti.unimi.it)
The methods and criteria for attending face-to-face lessons will be published in time in the online course. Booking via app is required to attend the lesson in presence
Students unable to attend face-to-face synchronous lessons, can be considered to be attending if carry out alternative online activities.
Course syllabus
The course "Italy and the lusophone african cultures: a short history of critical theory, international solidarities and italian editorial world" consists of the following three teaching units:
A: Historical context: Africa from Third World to Indipendance
B: Anti-colonialismo between Europe and Africa
C: Italian Thirdworldism and struggles against portuguese colonialism

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


In unit A we will study the indipendance process of some African States subject of portuguese colonialism during the Decolonization Era. In Unit B, the formation of antic-colonialism between Africa and Europe, in particular in Italy. In Unit C, we will see how italian thirworldism has solidarized and supported the struggles against the portuguese colonialism.

The course program is valid until September 2021. From the summer session 2021 it will be possible to present exclusively 21 he A.A. 2020-21 program.
Prerequisites for admission
The course is held in Italian and there is no prerequisite.
Teaching methods
The course adopts the following teaching methods: lectures, practical activities, presentations.
Teaching Resources
he course has a site on the online platform Ariel (https:// https://vrussolp123.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:
Teaching unit A and B, C:


1) V. Russo, La Resistenza continua. Colonialismo portoghese, lotte di liberazione e gli intellettuali italiani, Meltemi, Milano, 2020.
2) P. Borruso, Il PCI e l'Africa indipendente. Apogeo e crisi di un'utopia socialista (1956-1989), LeMonnier, Firenze, 2009.

3. Amilcar Cabral, Per una rivoluzione africana. Il ruolo della cultura nella lotta per l'indipendenza, a cura di Livia Apa, Ombre Corte, Verona, 2019.

Examination program for non-attending students:
Teaching unit A and B, C:

V. Russo, La Resistenza continua. Colonialismo portoghese, lotte di liberazione e gli intellettuali italiani, Meltemi, Milano, 2020.
P. Borruso, Il PCI e l'Africa indipendente. Apogeo e crisi di un'utopia socialista (1956-1989), LeMonnier, Firenze, 2009.
Amilcar Cabral, Per una rivoluzione africana. Il ruolo della cultura nella lotta per l'indipendenza, a cura di Livia Apa, Ombre Corte, Verona, 2019.
Joyce Lussu, Tradurre Poesia, Robin Edizioni, Roma, 2013.
Agostinho Neto, Una vita senza tregua, TugaEdizioni, Bracciano (Rm), 2015.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists of an oral test with the teacher of the monographic course.
The oral exam with the teahcer of the course includes questions asked by the teacher and interactions between teacher and student. The exam takes place in Italian. 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.
All the results of the written tests 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
L-LIN/08 - PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
L-LIN/08 - PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
L-LIN/08 - PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN LITERATURE - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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