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Portuguese Courses

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Portuguese Language Courses

Portuguese 1: Introductory Intensive Portuguese. An intensive introductory course that teaches fundamental communication skills—understanding, speaking, reading and writing—and introduces students to the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world through readings, films, music and videotapes. This course is appropriate for students who may wish to devote only one term to the study of Portuguese.

Portuguese 3: Intermediate Intensive Portuguese (last offering on L.S.A. 13X). More advanced work in the use of the spoken and written language, complemented by lectures, readings, music and films. Portuguese 3 serves as the final course in the required sequence to satisfy the language requirement in Portuguese. Prerequisite: Portuguese 1. Never serves in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture requirements.

Portuguese 5: Brazilian Culture and Society. D.L.S.A. (last offering on L.S.A. 13X). A course in Brazilian culture and society taught in the context of the Language Study Abroad program. Lectures by local personnel concentrate on contemporary political, social, economic, and religious institutions of the country, with attention paid to their historical background. Visits to sites supplement these lectures when appropriate. Assigned work includes preparation of papers, oral presentations, and a final course examination. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Language Study Abroad program. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW/CI. Sample syllabus. (PDF)

Portuguese 6: Introduction to Brazilian Literature. D.L.S.A. (last offering on L.S.A. 13X). An introductory course, offered in the context of the Language Study Abroad program, dealing with major figures, themes, or genres of Brazilian literature. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Language Study Abroad program. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

Portuguese 7: First-Year Seminars in Portuguese. Consult special listing.

Portuguese 9: Writing and Speaking: A Cultural Approach. This course serves as a transition between the basic Portuguese language sequence and upper-level courses. Through a selective review of grammar, vocabulary-building exercises, and readings and discussion of contemporary topics affecting the Portuguese-speaking world, students will develop their ability to write and speak clear, correct and idiomatic Portuguese in order to achieve competence in the language. Prerequisite: Completion of the foreign language requirement in Portuguese, or permission of the Chair. Portuguese 9 is a prerequisite for all upper level Portuguese courses. Open to all classes. Dist: LIT.

Portuguese 10: Brazilian Culture and Civilization. L.S.A.+ (pending approval). A course in Brazilian culture and civilization taught in the context of the Language Study Abroad program.  Lectures by local personnel concentrate on contemporary political, social, economic, and religious institutions of the country, with attention paid to their historical background.  Visits to sites supplement these lectures when appropriate.  Assigned work includes preparation of papers and oral presentations, and a final examination.  Dist: WCult: NW.

Portuguese 12: Introduction to Brazilian Literature. L.S.A.+ (pending approval). An introductory course, offered in the context of the Language Study Abroad program, dealing with major figures, themes, or genres of Brazilian/Portuguese literature.  Areas of concern include critical reading and analysis, style, historical and social perspective.  Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

Portuguese Literature Courses

Portuguese 20: The Portuguese-Speaking World and Its Literatures and Cultures: The Definition of an Identity. This course deals with major figures, themes, and issues of the literatures of the modern Portuguese-speaking world, including continental and insular Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Asia, and Luso-America. The course will also present different techniques of critical reading and interpretation and their relevance to the study of specific works. Reading selections will be drawn from different genres and periods, and will be supplemented by film, music, and materials from the mass media. Considerable emphasis will be placed on speaking and writing skills. Topics will be announced in advance of each offering. Open to first-year students by qualifying test and to others who have passed Portuguese 9 or have equivalent preparation. Portuguese 20 is a prerequisite for the Portuguese Foreign Study Program, and also counts towards the minor in Portuguese or the major in Romance Languages and modified majors. Dist: LIT.

Portuguese 25: Advanced Portuguese Composition. D.F.S.P. Intensive essay writing workshop with discussion focusing on Brazilian culture. Advanced grammar, sentence structure and word usage provide a framework for excellence in writing. Exercises are based on readings of materials from diverse sources in contemporary Brazilian culture, history, politics and current events. Credit for this course is awarded to students who have successfully completed the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program in Salvador, Brazil. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Dist: WCult: NW.

Portuguese 35: Advanced Studies in Brazilian Culture and Society. D.F.S.P. A course in Brazilian culture and society taught in the context of the Foreign Studies Program. Lectures by local personnel concentrate on contemporary political, social, economic and religious institutions and issues and their historical background. Visits to sites supplement lectures when appropriate. Assigned work includes preparation of short papers, oral presentations and exams, assessed at the advanced level. Students will also write a research paper based on group visits requiring sessions additional to regular classes. Prerequisites: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Dist: SOC; WCult: NW.

Portuguese 36: Studies in Contemporary Brazilian Literature.D.F.S.P. This course explores trends in Brazilian literature from the 1960s to the present. Genres include novels, plays, short stories and poetry, as well as song lyrics of literary quality from various musical genres. Prominent themes include, but are not limited to, the socio-political experience of the dictatorship, urban and suburban life, and literature by women. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Dartmouth Foreign Study Program. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

Portuguese 60: The Portuguese-Speaking World: Literature and Culture by Period. This course focuses on the study of the most important historical periods and cultural movements affecting the Portuguese-speaking world. It is organized according to chronological eras that are marked by distinct cultural and literary movements. Areas covered are the Middle Ages, the culture of the Renaissance and the Baroque, the period of Explorations, Colonial period, Enlightenment and Modernity, Nineteenth-Century, Romanticism and Realism, the Avant-Gardes, Postmodernism, and new developments in the contemporary period. One or more periods may be selected for study. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: W.

In 14S, Eroticism and Power: The Brazilian Prose Fiction during the Military Dictatorship (1964-1985).

The analysis of Brazilian prose fiction along the years of the military dictatorship (1964-85) shows a significant number of works dealing with the relationship between eroticism and power. This binomial is depicted in novels and short stories by two main trends: transgression and perversion. Manifestations of the cult of virility and authority, conflicts between sexual conduct and conservative morals, and erotic behavior in correlation with power practices are some aspects portrayed by those works as efficient condemnation of the dictatorship and its lingering effects on Brazilian society. The course will focus on literary works representative of the period supported by extensive theoretical, historical, and critical materials. Franconi.

Portuguese 61: The Portuguese-Speaking World: Genre. This course will focus on the study of various genres present in the literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world: Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa and Asia. Each offering will be organized around one genre or more basic genres like poetry, narrative, drama, and essay. The course will provide students with the appropriate critical and theoretical vocabulary to address the specificity of the genre or sub-genre being studied, through the works of representative Portuguese-language authors in their historical, social and cultural context. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW.

Portuguese 62: Film Media, Performance, and the Arts in the Portuguese-Speaking World. Film, television, the visual and graphic arts, and music have redefined national space and identity in the Portuguese-speaking world. Individual offerings of this course may focus on one or more of the following: film, television and the politics of mass media; theater, performance and performativity; festivals, popular and folk songs, comics and the graphics arts; sports and national identity. Students will become familiar with relevant concepts in analysis, theory, and cultural studies and learn how issues of representation in those cultural productions are linked to their literary counterparts. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: varies.

In 14F, The Poetry of Brazilian Popular Music - MPB.

This course will focus on the various lyrical trends of the Brazilian songbook from its first manifestations as Brazilian Popular Music. Folk music and regional songs will not be part of this course, appearing only as support for the better understanding of certain trends and influences. The objective of the course is to follow the lyrical expression in Brazilian songs through the century and see how they have translated the soul of its people. Brazilian popular music, perhaps more than any other artistic expression, reveals the intricacies of a national identity that is continuously built in Brazil. In addition to historical and cultural information, which can be found in the bibliography, we will examine some of the several themes present in Brazilian song, which, for purposes of organization we call "thematic clusters", namely, 1. Visions of Brazil; 2. The Indian; 3. The Black; 4 The "Malandro"; 5. The Protests; 6. The self-references (songs and songwriters); 7. Women and men. Students will not only have the opportunity to listen to songs, footage from original performances will also be utilized throughout the course. Assigned work includes elaboration of proposed topics for each module, presentations, and sharing comments on the public WordPress website the Portuguese-language films at Dartmouth [PLFD] http://sites.dartmouth.edu/plfd. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: ART; WCult: varies. Franconi.

Portuguese 63: Special Topics. Literary and Cultural Productions of the Portuguese-Speaking World. This course is offered periodically with varying content so that writers, genres, historical contexts, or theoretical approaches not otherwise provided in the curriculum may be studied. The course can be offered any term and its distinct content, theoretical or methodological approach will depend on the interests of the instructor. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT; WCult: NW. 

In 15S, The Lusophone World Through Short Story.

This course is introduced by a brief theory of short stories and the history of the genre in the Lusophone world. A close reading approach associated with literary critical trends directs the discussion on the diverse range of topics focused by the short stories selected. Selections are drawn from the eight Portuguese-speaking countries (Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor) as well as from former Portuguese overseas territory of Goa (India), former Portuguese colony of Macao (China), and Lusophone communities in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. The studied materials comprise a short stories selection, theoretical texts, documentaries, and film and TV adaptations. Assigned work includes oral presentation, short papers, and sharing comments on the public WordPress website the Portuguese-language films at Dartmouth [PLFD] http://sites.dartmouth.edu/plfd. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor.

In 14W, Brazilian identity, urban space and literature: exploring the works of Jorge Amado.

A course about the construction of Brazilian identity and the city through the works of Brazilian writer Jorge Amado (1912-2001). The studied material comprises novels, novellas, as well as film, graphic novels and TV adaptations. Prominent themes include but are not limited to race, religion, history, humor and contemporary issues in Brazilian society. Assigned work includes oral presentation and short papers. Sellmann. Sample Syllabus.

Portuguese 80: Seminar. This seminar is designed to provide students specializing in Portuguese studies with a small group setting that facilitates in-depth exploration of key aspects of the discipline. The seminar will encourage students to research and explore relevant topics related to the literature and arts of the Portuguese-speaking world and experiment with the application of the different concepts under discussion in new and creative ways (essay writing, short story writing, visual arts projects, performance pieces, etc.). This course may serve in satisfaction of the culminating experience requirement for Romance Language and modified majors with a concentration in Portuguese. Prerequisite: Portuguese 9 or permission of the instructor. Dist: LIT.

Portuguese 83: Independent Reading and Research.A program of individual study directed by a member of the Spanish and Portuguese faculty. Portuguese 83 will normally consist of a program of reading and research that is not covered in regularly scheduled course offerings. After consultation with the faculty advisor of the project, all Independent Study proposals must be submitted for approval to the Department. Under normal circumstances, no student may receive credit for this course more than once. Students interested in pursuing an Independent Study proposal must identify their topic and faculty advisor, and present a proposal to their faculty advisor and to the Department for approval by the last week of the term prior to registering for Portuguese 83.

Portuguese 90: Honors Course.Supervised independent research under the direction of a designated advisor. Honors students will normally elect this course as the first in the required sequence (90 and 91) for completion of the Honors Program. Portuguese 90 is intended to prepare the student for writing the Honors thesis, through readings in primary and secondary texts, theory and methodology. The course will include periodic written assignments and culminate in a final paper. Prerequisite: Admission to the Honors Program.

Portuguese 91: Honors Seminar. A prearranged program of study and research during any term of the senior year, on a tutorial basis, with individual faculty members (normally the thesis advisor). A thesis and public presentation are the expected culmination of the course. Prerequisite: Prior admission to the Department’s Honors Program; clear evidence of capability to perform honors level work, normally indicated by completion of Portuguese 90 with a grade of B+ or higher.

Last Updated: 6/13/14