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Code: 31078
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Literature
    1. Transcendentalism
    2. Realism
    3. Naturalism
    4. Enlightenment
Maria do Céu Martins Monteiro Marques
Área Científica: Humanities.

Course Description:
This course unit makes students familiar with a significant corpus of literary production in the United States of America during the 19th century. Besides the literary analysis of various texts produced in this period, students are expected to be able to criticise the subjects studied and the relation between literature and other arts.

In the end, students are expected to be able to
• search and read critically bibliography in Portuguese and English;
• analyse and criticise texts on the subjects studied and the relationship between literature and the visual arts;
• contextualise a work taking into account its cultural, social and political content;
• distinguish movements, literary schools and currents;
• prepare a commentary on issues related to American literature.

American literary production in the 19th century; Romanticism and Transcendentalism; “American Renaissance”; Realism, Naturalism and Psychological Realism; Modernism and Imagism.

Ramalho, Maria Irene. (Coord.) Literatura Norte-Americana. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1999.
At the beginning of each topic, the textbook introduces compulsory and recommended readings. The major part of the studied texts are in 2 critical anthologies:
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, gen. ed. Paul Lauter, two vols., 2nd ed., Lexington, Mass., Heath, 1994.
The Harper American Literature, gen. ed., Donald McQuade, two vols., 2nd ed., New York, Harper, 1994

Online learning with continuous supervision favoring asynchronous communication (Moodle platform).
Students have to perform the tasks requested by the teacher: essays, critical recensions, reports, protocols, etc. All works will be evaluated and/or classified.

Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 15

Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%).
In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).

Students are recommended to attend to Literature unit course respecting their sequence.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese and English.

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