PORTUG 301 - Topics in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cultures
Fall 2022, Section 001 - From the Olympic Games to Bolsonaro: Brazilian Culture in Crisis
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Portuguese (PORTUG)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
PORTUG 232 or PORTUG 280 or equivalent to prove advanced proficiency in the Portuguese language.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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The wave of global political crisis has reached Brazil at a particular time of cultural effervescence. The euphoria around hosting the Fifa World Cup and the Olympic games in 2014 and 2016 was followed by a gruesome process of parliamentary coup of the democratically elected president, Dilma Rousseff. Since then, with the unpopular Michel Temer government and the conservative authoritarian regime of Jair Bolsonaro, the political crisis has deepened dramatically. Today, the country experiences the overturning of historically successful social projects and the economic whiplash of a criminally mismanaged pandemic that severely impacted the lives of the country’s most vulnerable populations.

This course will explore how Brazil has been processing those fast-paced changes through its distinctively original popular culture. Our analysis will center on a variety of texts such as feature films, documentary films, song texts, video clips, cartoons, social media, news reports, and news analysis. Readings will focus on history, sociology, anthropology, race and gender studies, as well as intersectional feminism. We will map out contemporary debates through the aesthetic analysis of media and art. This course will be conducted entirely in Portuguese, with particular emphasis on developing students’ listening, speaking, and reading skills.

This course counts toward the Portuguese minor requirements and as a cognate toward the Spanish major.


PORTUG 301 - Topics in Afro-Luso-Brazilian Cultures
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001 (REC)
 In Person
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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