Topics of Luso-Brazilian Cult

In this course students will be introduced to four Luso-Brazilian historical and social topics, and will analyze how these topics are represented in literature. From Portugal, we will discuss the figure of Inês de Castro (1320-1355), known as "the queen who was crowned after death," and Sebastianism, a messianic belief in the return of King D. Sebastião, who disappeared in battle in 1578. The two Brazilian topics are "malandragem" - an urban and bohemian lifestyle associated with laziness, poverty, cheating, and cleverness - and patriarchy, a family and social system that played a crucial role in Brazilian history. Readings will include the works of Camões, Camilo Castelo Branco, Manuel Antônio de Almeida, and Raduan Nassar. (PGSE 0202 or PGSE 0211 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
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PGSE 0352

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Fall 2009

PGSE0352A-F09 Lecture (Higa)