The aim of this course is to provide an overview of contemporary Portuguese literature, through the particular point of view of some famous works wrote upon Lisbon. The essential information about the history of Portugal, and Lisbon in particular, will be given at the beginning of the course, in order to allow students to understand the historical and cultural context of many textual references which form part of the literary works they will subsequently read.
Throughout the lessons, students will learn:
- to know the most important authors, works, literary movements and ideas of XXth century’s Portuguese literature, and their historical, political, cultural and artistical context;
- to understand and analise both poetic and narrative texts, to discern their formal elements and to perceive their thematic and ideological contents. Literary works will be read in italian translation; nonetheless, students will hear the reading of many poetic in Portuguese language (with italian subtitles)in order to appreciate the phonetic and rytmic value of the original texts;
- to express well-informed and appropriate comments, based on a careful reading of the texts;
- to be capable of identifying, discerning, appreciating and illustrating the main characteristics of Portuguese contemporary culture.