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Code: 31079
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Literature
    1. Modernism
    2. Post-modernism
    3. Multiculturalism
    4. Counterculture
Maria do Céu Martins Monteiro Marques
Área Científica: Humanities.

Course Description:
Through the analysis and commentary of the literary texts produced during the 20th century, students are expected to identify the thematic, theoretical and methodological changes that the evolution of American society and culture brought to literature. It is expected a deepening of knowledge based on the interaction of literature with other arts, such as cinema, architecture, painting and music.

In th end, students are expected to be able to
• interpret, summarise and comment on different texts;
• relate a a work with its cultural, socila and political context;
• analyse a theme, a text or literary work;
• research and read critically bibliography in Portuguese and English;
• produce critical material on the subjects studied.

Writers, voices, genres and aesthetic movements representing the multiplicity and variety of works produced during the 20th century; literary production produced between the wars; post-war literature; literature and counter-culture; contemporariness and multiculturalism.

Coursebook: Ramalho, Maria Irene. (Coord.) Literatura Norte-Americana. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta, 1999.
At the beginning of each topic, the coursebook introduces other compulsory or recommended readings. The major part of the texts is included 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.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office –