Travelling Identities in the Lusophone World (MLP2005)

StaffDr Natalia Pinazza - Lecturer
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level5
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

The module aims to examine migration within the Portuguese-speaking world, paying particular attention to depictions of the 'other' in a range of travel narratives, both literary and artistic, which span the 20th and early 21st centuries. The module looks at the ways nation is constructed and deconstructed in these works at crucial historical moments and highlights how journey narratives negotiate the colonial past through the intersections between different Lusophone narratives. You will explore the relationship between Portugal and former colonial territories through the study of a wide variety of genres, both visual and literary.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Engage in comparative analysis of interdisciplinary production from the Portuguese-speaking world, including, films, paintings and novels on journey narratives
  • 2. Demonstrate critical familiarity with a range of secondary and primary texts relating to journey, travelling and migration
  • 3. Evaluate the main developments within the Portuguese- speaking world through independent study and seminars

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Show knowledge of the complexity, and the interconnectedness, of postcolonial Lusophone identities
  • 5. Present a detailed argument in the appropriate register of English, mustering a range of historical and textual evidence in its support
  • 6. Analyse the key developments within a particular cultural movement

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. Negotiate individual assessment tasks and/or topics with course tutor, identifying own areas of strength and interest
  • 8. Select, criticise and organise material in order to produce, to a deadline, a written argument
  • 9. Using course material provided, research, plan and write an essay on a chosen aspect of the subject, to a specified length and deadline

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

• Cinematic Representations of Colonisation and Travel Literature I

  • Descobrimento do Brasil (The Discovery of Brazil, dir. Humberto Mauro, 1937)

• Cinematic Representations of Colonisation and Travel Literature II

  • Como era Gostoso meu Francês (How Tasty Was My Little Frenchman, dir. Nelson Pereira dos Santos, 1971)

• Brazilian Backlands and Internal Migration

  • Vidas Secas (Barren Lives, Graciliano Ramos, 1938)
  • Cândido Portinari’s Paintings

• Rural Migrants in the City (Lisbon)

  • Os Verdes Anos (The Green Years, dir. Paulo Rocha, 1963)

• Rural Migrants in the City (São Paulo)

  • A Hora da Estrela (Hour of the Star, dir. Suzana Amaral, 1985)

• Brazilian Immigrants in Portugal: Crisis and the European Union

  • Terra Estrangeira (Foreign Land, dir. Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, 1996)

• Colonial Legacy and Travelling

  • Nação Crioula (Creole, José Eduardo Agualusa, 1997)

• Postcolonial Representations of Portuguese-Speaking Africa

  • Tabu (dir. Miguel Gomes, 2012)
  • Yvone Kane (dir. Margarida Cardoso, 2014)

• Module Review/ Preparation for Summative Assessment

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Lectures will provide background material and main areas of analysis for further study
Scheduled Learning and Teaching 5Seminars. Students are expected to prepare in advance for guided discussion in seminars, and all students will give a presentation (10-12 minutes)
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1Conclusion
Guided Independent Study134Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay plan500 words1-9Written feedback and discussion with course tutor

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1002500 words1-9Essay feedback sheet

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay2500 word essay1-9Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment. 

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:

  • Castello Branco, Patricia and Susana Viegas, Eds. Portuguese Cinema and Philosophy. Volume 5 of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image. 2014.
  • Coutinho, Afranio. Introduction to Brazilian Literature. Transl. Gregory Rabassa. New York: Columbia UP, 1968.
  • Johnson, Randal and Robert Stam, Eds. Brazilian Cinema. Austin: U of Texas P, 1995.
  • Medeiros, Paulo de. Ed. Postcolonial Theory and Lusophone Literatures. Utrecht: Utrecht Portuguese Studies Center, 2007.
  • Nagib, Lucia, Ed. The New Brazilian Cinema. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2003.
  • Owen, Hilary and Anna Klobucka, Eds. Gender, Empire and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections. New York: Palgrave, 2014.
  • Sapega, Ellen W. Consensus and Debate in Salazar’s Portugal: Visual and Literary Negotiations of the National Text, 1933-1948. University Park: Penn State UP, 2008.
  • Shaw, Lisa and Stephanie Dennison. Brazilian National Cinema. Abingdon: Routledge, 2007.

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Lusophone, Journeys, Postcolonialism, Portuguese-speaking countries