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Courses for Fall 2021

  • Reading and Guided Study

    Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    POBS 1970 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S03
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S06
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1970 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Research and Preparation of Honors Projects

    This independent study course is designed for students working on honors projects. Written permission of the concentration advisor (Prof. Sobral) is required. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    POBS 1990 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S02
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S03
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S06
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 1990 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Reading and Guided Study

    Reading in Portuguese language, literature, civilization, and bilingual studies. Conducted via Portuguese readings and discussions. Section numbers vary by instructor. Please check Banner for the correct section number and CRN to use when registering for this course.
    POBS 2980 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S02
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S03
    Primary Instructor
    Guimaraes de Sousa
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S04
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S05
    Primary Instructor
    Green
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S06
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S07
    Primary Instructor
    Simas-Almeida
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S08
    Primary Instructor
    Smith
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S09
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S10
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S11
    Primary Instructor
    Vieira
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
    POBS 2980 S12
    Schedule Code
    I: Independent Study/Research
  • Preliminary Examination Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the tuition requirement and are paying the registration fee to continue active enrollment while preparing for a preliminary examination.
    POBS 2970 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Graduate Thesis Prep
  • Thesis Preparation

    For graduate students who have met the residency requirement and are continuing research on a full time basis.
    POBS 2990 S01
    Schedule Code
    E: Graduate Thesis Prep
  • Writing and Speaking Portuguese

    Designed to improve the students' ability in contemporary spoken and written Portuguese. Using such cultural items as short stories, plays, films, videos, newspaper and magazine articles, and popular music, students discuss a variety of topics with the aim of developing good communication skills. Attention also given to developing writing ability. A systematic review of Portuguese grammar is included. Prerequisite: POBS 0105, or POBS 0110, or placement. Conducted in Portuguese. Completion of POBS 0400 is the minimum requirement for participation in the Brown-in-Brazil Program. Offered every semester.
    POBS 0400 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • Belonging and Displacement: Cross-Cultural Identities

    Focuses on the representation of immigrants, migrants and other "border crossers" in contemporary literature from Brazil and other countries. How do people respond to the loss of home and the shift to a new culture? Is "going home" possible? How do individuals deal with their dual or triple identities? Piñon, Lispector, Scliar, Rushdie, Salih, Cristina Garcia, V. S. Naipaul and others. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to 19 first year students.
    POBS 0810 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
  • On the Dawn of Modernity

    We will analyze how a new mindset that would later be called modernity slowly emerged from the medieval world and how the trials and errors of the 15th and 16th century navigators helped shape that transformation. The seminar is interdisciplinary insofar as the readings will include developments in astronomy, geography, shipbuilding, mathematics, philosophy, as well as what could be called early anthropology, as stepping stones to the first scientific revolution. Conducted in English. Enrollment limited to: 19. Reserved for First Year students.
    POBS 0910 S01
    Primary Instructor
    Almeida
  • Constructing Men, Projecting Masculinity: Questioning Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Brazil

    In this course we will examine how contemporary Brazilian cultural production – particularly literature and cinema – (re)formulates/questions/preserves traditional configurations of male gender identity. We will discuss constructions and representations of the male subject within contemporary cultural production, particularly focusing on the later-half of the twentieth century. More specifically, employing ideas of gender as a form of performance we will question gendered stereotypes and their intersections with race and socio-economic position, destabilize binary gender constructions / understandings, and offer queer readings of a multiplicity of texts. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 1800C S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lehnen
  • Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Poetry

    An intensive reading of selected Brazilian poets of the past eighty years, including Carlos Drummond de Andrade, João Cabral de Melo Neto, Mário Faustino, Paulo Leminski, Ana Cristina Cesar, the "concretistas", and Salgado Maranhão. Each student will be responsible for an oral presentation about an additional poet, to be chosen in consultation with the instructor. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2600I S01
    Primary Instructor
    Valente
  • Accelerated Portuguese

    This course serves as an accelerated introduction to Portuguese, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is also an introduction to the diverse cultures of Portuguese-speaking societies. Specifically, the course will look into the ethnic, racial, social, and gender diversity in these cultures. Designed for students who have no prior knowledge of Portuguese, POBS 0105 meets five hours per week.
    POBS 0105 S01
    Students sign up for 1 discussion section only.
    Primary Instructor
    Sobral
    POBS 0105 C01
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    POBS 0105 C02
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
    POBS 0105 C03
    Schedule Code
    C: Discussion Section/Conference
  • Global Decolonization in Africa and Asia: the Portuguese Case in a Comparative Perspective

    This course provides a critical, comparative assessment of the global decolonization momentum, taking the Portuguese case as the key case-study. It does so by exploring diverse historiographical problems and historical processes that shaped the multiple trajectories of decolonization after 1945. As a consequence, the course also addresses the role of international and transnational networks, movements and institutions in the global histories of decolonization, as major players in the demise of European colonialism. The historical legacies of late colonialism in politics, society and culture, both in former colonies and metropoles, will also be assessed. Conducted in English.
    POBS 1601P S01
    Primary Instructor
    Pinto Monteiro
  • The nature of things: an object-oriented approach to Lusophone studies

    This course addresses aspects of history, culture, politics, literature, and the arts in seven Portuguese-speaking countries: Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe. The course is designed to give students a hands-on approach to the study of Lusophone cultures: each week a country will be introduced by two objects paired with critical readings and short literary texts, music, or movies. We will be particularly mindful of objects that question and complicate the idea of “Lusophone,” against the backdrop of colonialism and postcolonialism, networks of design, production and consumption, extractivism and the environment, and creative industries. Conducted in Portuguese. Prerequistes: POBS 105 or POBS 0110 and POBS 0400 (or instructor’s permission)
    POBS 0630A S01
    Primary Instructor
    Lopes DeAlmeida
  • António Lobo Antunes and his contemporaries

    The course aims to offer a knowledge of contemporary Portuguese literature centered around the works of António Lobo Antunes, the most prestigious writer in Portuguese literature today, essential to understand the collective Portuguese memory and the collective experience of the Portuguese people over the last 40 years.
    This course is also about other outstanding contemporary authors, in order to make the student aware of other voices of Portuguese literature, especially those from the most recent generation of writers. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 2600E S01
    Primary Instructor
    Guimaraes de Sousa
  • Portuguese and Lusophone African Literature and Cinema

    The course aims to study the relationship between literature and cinema in the context of renowned Portuguese authors and Portuguese-speaking Africa. Thus, students will study a varied group of great novelists (José Saramago, José Eduardo Agualusa, Mia Couto) and notable filmmakers (João Botelho, Ivo M. Ferreira, Teresa Prata, Lula Buarque de Hollanda) who chose to direct films from the texts of these writers. And, due to their importance, unavoidable filmmakers (Paulo Rocha, Manoel de Oliveira and Miguel Gomes, Flora Gomes) will also be approached. Conducted in Portuguese.
    POBS 1601Q S01
    Primary Instructor
    Guimaraes de Sousa
  • Portuguese Discoveries and Early Modern Global History (HIST 1975J)