Home » 2017/2018 GE Model » Literature and Humanities » GELH1003 / GELH009 – Contemporary Artistic Expressions in the Portuguese-Speaking World
Suggested Year of Study:Year 1-4
Duration:1 Semester
Credit units:3
Offering unit:FAH

Department of Portuguese

Medium of Instruction:English and Portuguese



Course Description

In this course students will be introduced to the vibrant diversity of the artistic scene in the Portuguese-speaking countries, addressing the way they dialog with each other and establish multidirectional exchanges among them. The course will explore how the crosscurrents of artistic debate in the twentieth century have been particularly prolific in stressing the tension between tradition and innovation, center and periphery, convergence and divergence, especially in the aftermath to the postcolonial redefinition of these countries.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)

The aim of this course is to introduce the students to the complex social, political and cultural realities of the Portuguese-speaking world by the means of a comparative approach to different artistic languages (through the lens of interartistic and intermedial studies) within the symbolic space of a common language.

During the course, students are expected to develop the following competences:

  1.  to be able to identify literary references in Portuguese-written literatures (periods, movements, authors, works);
  2.  to identify genres of world music within the Portuguese-speaking world and to explain how they are related to their local background;
  3. to describe different forms of artistic expressions (cinema, painting, dance and drama);
  4. to critically evaluate the importance of contemporary artistic performances and installations in their wider context.