PORTUGUESE AND BRAZILIAN LITERATURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To provide the student will a complete understanding of the possible interaction between “high” and popular culture and how the former can combine a mass phenomenon such as football with a fixation of heroes.
To be aware, in this context, of the issues which differ between the two Portuguese speaking countries, Brazil and Portugal.
Course contents summary
Title: The re-elaboration of football heroes in Brazilian and Portuguese literature.
The course will analyse the process in which one of the fundamental elements of popular culture, football with its personalities and teams, has been appropriated by “high” culture and how this has decisively contributed to the creation of real contemporary heroes who, removed from their historical context and contingency, have been transformed into icons which contain absolute values and are immortal. Both the Portuguese and the Brazilian situations will be examined. These are different not so much for the stronger or weaker impact of the footballing phenomenon but for the different inclusion of this phenomenon in their literature.
The bibliography will be communicated during the course.