Code: 52023
Departament: Department of Humanities
Field of Study: Humanities
    1. Comparative Literature
    2. Understanding the other
    3. Transdisciplinarity
    3. Imaginary / Cultural Imagology
Luís Carlos Pimenta Gonçalves
Área Científica: French Studies; Comparative Literature.

Course Description:
The course unit Comparative Studies aims at deepening the theoretical and methodological framework of the Literary Studies (Comparative Literature, Cultural Imagology). It intends to foster an inter- and transdisciplinary vision necessary today for studying the literary and artistic phenomenon and its inter-semiotic crossings; simultaneously, it promotes a broadly humanistic reflection, necessarily comparative, able to leverage the reading tools suitable for understanding the contemporary global culture in its growing complexity.

Thus, students are expected to be able to:
• Acquire a broad vision on the potentialities of ‘comparativism’;
• Carry out a reflection or a research in a collaborative way;
• Search and formulate hypotheses for the development of an original work.

1. The comparative ‘territory’: concepts and practices
2. A growing territory: Translation Studies, Cultural Studies, Feminist Studies, Postcolonial Studies
3. Literature and imaginary: cultural imagology
4. Problematization/analysis of a crossing theme

BERNHEIMER, Charles (ed), Comparative Literature in the Age of Multiculturalism. Baltimore/London: John Hopkins University, 1995
BOURDIEU, Pierre, Las reglas del arte: genesys y estructura del campo literário. Barcelona: Anagrama, 1995 (Les Règles de l´art. Paris: Seuil, 1992.
BRUNEL, Pierre; CHEVREL, Yves (org), Compêndio de Literatura Comparada, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2004.
BUESCU, Helena, Grande angular, comparatismo e práticas de comparação, Lisboa, FCT/FCG, 2001
GUILLÉN, Cláudio, Entre lo uno y lo diverso – Introducción a la Literatura Comparada, Barcelona, Crítica, 1985
MACHADO, AM; PAGEAUX, DH, Da Literatura Comparada à Teoria da Literatura, Lisboa, Presença, 2001
MINER, Earl, Comparative Poetics: An Intercultural Essay on Theories of Literature. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1990
STEINER, George, Paixão intacta, Lisboa, Relógio d´Água, 2003
VILLANUEVA, Darío, El Polen de Ideas. Teoria, Crítica, Historia y Literatura Comparada, Barcelona, PPU, 1991

E-Learning (fully online).

Workload (hours): 208
Contact Hours: 44

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: GDERI/International Affairs -