This course will explore a series of themes through the lenses of Brazilian and poetry and song. We will develop close readings of works by Gregório de Mattos, Sousândrade, Cruz e Sousa, Mário de Andrade, Oswald de Andrade, Henriqueta Lisboa, Murilo Mendes, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Noel Rosa, Waly Salomão, Caetano Veloso, Torquato Neto, Augusto de Campos, Hilda Hilst, and Ana Cristina César, among others. Through our readings, we will explore problems related to politics, power, and subversion; forms, objects, and materials; and loves and lovers, lost and found. All course readings will be in Portuguese.
Sample topics include the novel and the city, representations of poverty in narrative fiction, film adaptations of Brazilian novels, and Brazilian poetry and song.