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Portuguese and Brazilian Fiction in Translation

The study of selected literary works by major writers from Portugal, Brazil, and the former Portuguese colonies in Africa.

Gen Ed: LA, BN.

In this course students gain a broad understanding of the history and cultural links between Portugal, its former colonies in Africa, and that of Brazil as manifest through important literary and cinematographic works. Despite their varied geographical locations, histories, and locations, these Portuguese-speaking nations have been closely connected for over five hundred years and even now maintain important economic, political, and cultural relationships. Examined works reflect some attitudes regarding their past as part of the Portuguese colonial empire—a past that continues to determine the current interactions of these countries. Additionally, a comparison between constructions of race within the lusophone world and the US will be included.