Languages, comparative literatures and intercultural translation
Study-unit Code
Lingue e letterature
Vera Lucia De Oliveira
  • Vera Lucia De Oliveira
  • 54 ore - Vera Lucia De Oliveira
Course Regulation
Coorte 2022
Learning activities
Lingue e letterature moderne
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Reference texts
Various theoretical and practical material will be provided through the Unistudim platform: http://www.unistudium.unipg.it/unistudium.
BORIS, Fausto, Storia del Brasile, Fabula, 2010.
KOPENAWA, Davi, BRUCE, Albert, A queda do céu: palavras de um xamã yanomami. Companhia das Letras, São Paulo, 2015 [Trad. it.: La caduta del cielo: parole di uno sciamano yanomani, trad. di Al. Palmieri e A. Lucera, Milano, Nottetempo, 2021].
KRENAK, Ailton, Ideias para adiar o fim do mundo, São Paulo, Companhia das Letras, 2019, 1 ed.
KRENAK, Ailton, O amanhã não está à venda, São Paulo, Companhia das Letras, 2020.
KRENAK, Ailton, A vida não é útil, São Paulo, Companhia das Letras, 2020.
OLIVEIRA, Vera Lúcia de, Utopia selvaggia–L’indio del Brasile: Innocente Adamo o feroce cannibale?, Roma, Alberto Gaffi Editore, 2006.
SALGADO, Sebastião, Amazônia, a cura di Lélia Wanick Salgado, Roma, MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo e Contrasto, 2021.
(in: https://www.maxxi.art/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/sebastiao_salgado_amazonia_booklet.pdf)
STEGAGNO PICCHIO, Luciana, Storia breve della letteratura brasiliana, Genova, Il Melangolo, 2005.
Students with disabilities and/or with SLD who, having completed regular accreditation through SOL, have obtained access to University services, can apply for the compensatory tools ensured by law (e.g. textbooks in digital format; teaching materials in accessible formats: presentations, handouts, workbooks, provided if necessary in advance of the lessons), for which consult https://www.unipg.it/disabilita-e-dsa.
For the request, students are invited to ask the teacher, who will put them in contact with the Disability and/or DSA Department Coordinator (prof. Alessandra Di Pilla: alessandra.dipilla@unipg.it).
Educational objectives
The goal is both to deepen the knowledge of the fundamental aspects of
the Brazilian literature and culture from their genesis and formation to
the present day, and to provide useful information for understanding the
hybrid and complex reality of a country-continent also regarding its
relations with other Portuguese-speaking countries.
The knowledge acquired at the end of the course will be applied in future
professional environments: school teaching, cultural institutions,
publishing and literary translation.
No prerequisites needed to understand the contents covered and pursue
learning objectives.
Teaching methods
The course consists of classroom lectures on all subjects of the program
and will be held entirely in Portuguese.
The teacher will encourage the participatory intervention by the students
both with the request for any clarifications or with the expression of
personal opinions. The project will promote active reception of the course
content which, in turn, allow a weighted acquisition of the contents.
Other information
During the course, several activities will take place such as lectures,
panel discussions and film screenings in Portuguese on the course topics
and other issues related to the Portuguese and Brazilian cultures.
Students should report to the professor for the full schedule of these
activities at the beginning of the first and second semesters.
Students with disabilities and/or SLD: for any information on University services, consult the page https://lettere.unipg.it/home/disabilita-e-dsa and contact the Disability and/or DSA Department Coordinator (prof. Alessandra Di Pilla: alessandra.dipilla@unipg.it).
Learning verification modality
The exam consists of an oral interview lasting about half an hour with an
open stimulus, with an open answer on the covered topics and it will be
aimed at verifying both the understanding and the ability to apply the
knowledge discussed during the course.
The final evaluation of the oral examination will be calculated in
Students with disabilities and / or with DSA: for the modality of carrying
out the verification tests, students can take advantage of inclusive
technologies, compensatory tools and dispensatory measures provided
for by the legislation. Technologies, tools and measures must be
requested and agreed with the teacher well in advance of the tests. For
general information, consult the University Services on the page
https://lettere.unipg.it/home/disabilita-e-dsa and contact the Department
Extended program
The course is aimed at providing a window on the history and cultural universe of the original peoples of the American continent, especially those who inhabited the area which corresponds today to Brazil. Regarded as living fossils of ancient Eras of the Earth, the indigenous people seem so different from us – in their way of leaving and conceiving life – that they almost seem like aliens. Yet, never before have they returned to the limelight as we are becoming aware that the Earth's resources are not unlimited and are not for our exclusive use and consumption. What kind of world will we ever leave to our future generations?
Here then is that the native peoples of Brazil, those who have lived for millennia in the middle of the tropical forest without destroying it, tell us that a respectful relationship can be established with the habitat, without plundering and destroying it. The aim of the course is therefore to get a little closer to the natives, to investigate how they were when the Portuguese arrived in 1500, what colonization meant for them and what were and are the strategies developed as a form of resistance to maintain the foundations of their identity.
Obiettivi Agenda 2030 per lo sviluppo sostenibile
Life on earth.
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