Based on literary texts, films and visual materials from and about Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, this course is intended to reflect the cutting edge of Lusophone cultural production and Lusophone Studies research, while remaining anchored in the essential themes and trends of the twentieth- and twenty-first century Portuguese-speaking world. To this end, the course takes one thematic mainstay of the Lusophone world during the last century — the body — and uses it as a unifying motif and point of departure for study of a diverse and comprehensive number of themes, detailed below.
Alongside the set primary texts for the course, during lectures students will be introduced to a range of basic critical theory frameworks. Applications and evaluations of these frameworks will provide the basis for seminars, and for assessed student blog posts. This aspect of the course will allow students to productively cross-pollinate with other final-year courses and to locate the module within wider global frameworks, as well as offering them introductory starting points for potential future study.
All written texts are available in English translation, and all films are available with English subtitles, allowing students with little or no prior knowledge of Portuguese language or Lusophone cultural studies to engage with the programme.