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Module

POR4003 : Identidades Pós-Coloniais no Cinema e na Literatura Luso-Afro-Brasileira Contemporanea

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Fernando Beleza Pinto
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, this module aims to contribute to students' broad-based knowledge of the cultural production, societies, histories, and politics of Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa, through the study of contemporary postcolonial identities in film and literature. The module is taught in Portuguese, also offering students the opportunity to build on their language skills whilst consolidating their ability to analyze a variety of cultural forms, particularly film and literature.

Outline Of Syllabus

We will examine a variety of key films and literary texts in Portuguese (both autobiographical and fictional) about contemporary experiences of migration, dislocation, and diaspora, in a transnational perspective (Angola, Brazil, Portugal). Centered on the representations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and nation, we will explore interdisciplinary connections between film, literature, colonial and postcolonial history, politics, contemporary social movements, and other art forms (such as music and the visual arts). The introduction to the module will provide important contextual information and will familiarize the students with relevant theories and ongoing debates in postcolonial studies, in general, and Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies, in particular. It will be followed by interrelated sections, each focusing on one film or literary text and covering one or more of the following topics:
-colonial discourses and postcolonial identities;
-colonialism, postcolonialism, memory and identity;
-postcolonial diasporas and urban identities in contemporary Portugal and Brazil;
-national, transnational, and postnational identities in Luso-Afro-Brazilian cinema and literature;
-race, class, gender, and migration in the Portuguese-speaking world;
-race and racism;
-environment, power, and Indigenous resistance in contemporary Brazil;
-cultural industries, social movements, and politics in Brazil, Portugal, and Lusophone Africa.

The materials have been chosen to encourage students to reflect critically on the intersections of culture, history, and politics that shape the Portuguese-speaking world, developing the students' understanding of its complex fabric and contemporary cultural production.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Lectures (PiP).
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials51:005:00Lecture materials and related activities.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Seminars (PiP).
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Drop-in/surgery on formative and summative assessment (PiP or synchronous online).
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00N/A
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR4103Identidades Pós-Coloniais no Cinema e na Literatura Luso-Afro-Brasileira Contemporanea - Parte 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and lecture materials (recordings, readings, commentary, etc.) will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required. The elements of blended learning that are included in the teaching activities showed to be very effective in the past, as they allow students time to reflect in their own time. Seminars will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss key texts and topics individually and in groups, and develop their independent thinking, critical analysis and debate. These sessions will develop students’ ability to apply concepts, debate, think comparatively, and produce arguments. All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of lectures, lecture materials, and seminar delivery. The module is taught in Portuguese with primary materials in Portuguese and English, and assessed in English or Portuguese.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M702500 words in English or in Portuguese. To be submitted end of Semester 2.
Written exercise1M301000 words in English.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MA detailed essay plan in English (optional).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exercise in semester 1 (in English) will require students to engage with key concepts and relevant ongoing debates in Luso-Afro-Brazilian studies. The essay in semester 2 (in English or in Portuguese) will give students the opportunity to explore critically a chosen topic studied in the module in a combination of films and/or literary texts. Students are expected to apply theoretical and contextual knowledge to produce a nuanced comparative analysis of the films and/or literary texts. The essay will help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.
The formative essay plan in semester 2 will prepare students to write their final essay. Students will be given general and individual feedback on the essay plans.
Students may choose whether to write their essay in English or in Portuguese. The language performance is not going to be factored into the mark given, considering that this is not a language module.

Reading Lists

Timetable