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PGA3: Introduction to Lusophone literature

The ab initio course in Lusophone Literature covers a selection of four carefully chosen literary texts: one from Portugal, one from Brazil and two from Lusophone Africa (Mozambique and Angola). 

 

Aims and objectives: 

PGA3 is designed to develop your reading skills in Portuguese, to introduce you to the wealth of creative writing in the Portuguese-speaking world, and to give you a taster of texts you can study in more depth in Part IB and subsequently.  The aims are reflected in the examination, which has three sections:

  • a translation into English of a passage from one of the texts;
  • a commentary of a passage taken from one of the texts;
  • an essay question on a literature topic relating to any one of the four texts not used as the commentary.
Course materials: 

The set texts in the order they will be covered in Lent Term are as follows, please note that it is essential that you read these texts in Portuguese and that the lecturers will confirm the titles of any poems or short stories to be studied this year:

Lygia Fagundes Telles, Selected Short Stories* [Brazil], Lecturer: Prof. Manucha Lisboa.

Miguel Torga, Selected Short Stories* [Portugal], Lecturer: Prof. Manucha Lisboa.

José Craveirinha, Selected Poetry* [ Mozambique], Lecturer: Dr. Maite Conde. 

Ondjaki, Bom Dia Camaradas [Angola], Lecturer: Dr. Maite Conde. 

(*Lecturers will confirm the titles of any poems or short stories to be studied this year.) 

Further Reading:

  • Vera Maria TIETZMAN DA SILVA - A Metamorfose no Conto de Lygia Fagundes Telles.
  • Maria de Fátima MARINHO (ed.) - Actas do colóquio comemorativo do nascimento de Miguel Torga.
  • Russell HAMILTON, Voices from an Empire
  • Patrick CHABAL, The Postcolonial Literature of Lusophone Africa
  • Patrick CHABAL and David BIRMINGHAM, A History of Postcolonial Lusophone Africa
  • Tejumola OLANIYAN and Ato QUAYSON, African Literature: An Anthology of Criticism

Literature/Culture/Language and other Portuguese resources.

 

Teaching and learning: 

Teaching will take the form of 4 lectures in Lent Term focusing on these literary texts (presented by Professor Manucha Lisboa and Dr Maite Conde). To accompany these, students will also have fortnightly supervisions in Lent Term. In the Easter term, PGA3 students will have two lectures and two supervisions to focus on the commentary part of the exam with Dr Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá. 

Please see PGA3's Moodle page.

Assessment: 

As noted above, the exam involves three questions:

  • a translation into English of an excerpt from one of the authors studied;
  • a commentary on a passage or poem from one of the authors studied;
  • an essay on one of the authors studied.

There will be no essay title on whichever author is selected for the commentary.

The examination for this paper lasts three hours.

Course Contacts: 
Prof Manucha Lisboa (paper co-ordinator)
Dr Maite Conde
Dr Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá