PORTUGUESE LITERATURE I
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of contemporary Portuguese literature, through the particular point of view of some famous works wrote upon Lisbon. The essential information about the history of Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, will be given at the beginning of the course, in order to allow students to understand the historical and cultural context of many textual references which form part of the literary works they will subsequently read.
Throughout the lessons, students will learn:
- to know the most important authors, works, literary movements and ideas of XXth century’s Portuguese literature, and their historical, political, cultural and artistical context;
- to understand and analise both poetic and narrative texts, to discern their formal elements and to perceive their thematic and ideological contents. Literary works will be read in italian translation; nonetheless, students will hear the reading of many poetic in Portuguese language (with italian subtitles)in order to appreciate the phonetic and rytmic value of the original texts;
- to express well-informed and appropriate comments, based on a careful reading of the texts;
- to be capable of identifying, discerning, appreciating and illustrating the main characteristics of Portuguese contemporary culture.
Course contents summary
A literary look on contemporary Lisbon.
An overview of contemporary portuguese literature, through the point of view of some famous authors who wrote on Lisbon. The city is considered as a benchmark of Portuguese culture and history, but also as an urban and poetic space in which the writers search their inner selves: the students will read and analise works from Cesário Verde (poetry), Fernando Pessoa (both poetry and prose), José Saramago and José Cardoso Pires (novel and texts dedicated to Lisbon).
ENRICO MARTINES, Sguardi letterari su Lisbona contemporanea, lecture notes.
CESÁRIO VERDE, Poesie, Perugia, 1982 (Introduction by Piero Ceccucci and selected poems).
FERNANDO PESSOA, selected passages from Libro dell’Inquietudine.
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, L'anno della morte di Ricardo Reis, translated by Rita Desti, Torino, Einaudi, .
FERNANDO PESSOA, Lisbon: What The Tourist Should See, (Biblioteca di Lingue)
JOSÉ SARAMAGO, Viaggio in Portogallo, Torino, Einaudi, 1999 (just the pages on Lisbon).
JOSÉ CARDOSO PIRES, Lisbona libro di bordo: voci, sguardi, memorie, Feltrinelli Traveller, 1997.
Lectures supported by audiovisual contents: pictures of authors, texts, events and locations, documentaries, readings and videos regarding literary works, video lectures. Audiovisual contents in Portuguese language has italian subtitles.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam testing:
- the knowledge of texts, authors, contexts studied in the course;
- the ability to re-elaborate the subjects studied, to propose personal in-depth analysis, to obtain further information in order to interpret complex texts, to develop personal evaluations.
Students will fail the exam if they show to possess an insufficient knowledge of the basic contents of the course, or if they are not able to obtain further information in order to interpret complex texts, to develop personal evaluations. Students will obtain a result between 18-23/30 by demonstrating to possess a sufficient knowledge of the basic contents of the course and the ability to obtain further information in order to interpret complex texts, developing personal evaluations expressing themselves in an appropriate linguistic register. Students will obtain a result between 24-27/30 by demonstrating to possess a more than sufficient level (24-25/30) or a good level (26-27/30) in the above mentioned competences. Higher marks (28-30/30 or 30 cum laude) will be obtained by demonstrating a very good to excellent level in the above mentioned competences.