PORT-360 Studies in Brazilian Civilization and Culture
The seminar will focus on fiction and travel writing in Brazil, from colonial times to the twentieth-century. We will interpret the relationship between memory, writing and the practice of visiting across different cultures. Students will discuss the way travelers and writers handle the stories they hear and how they create narratives to account for the change in their perception of individual and group identity. In addition, students will examine how an idea of Brazil has been constructed by the travellers and how it this idea shapes Brazilian own’s perception of their country through writings, film, and music. We will also discuss a theoretical critique of travel writing in a colonizing discourse as well addressing questions of gender, race and class. Required readings will include texts from Pero Vaz de Caminha’s first letter from Brazil (1500) to the fieldwork and memories of French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss (1908-2009). This class is taught in Portuguese. Readings will be in English and Portuguese.
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