Portuguese Culture
Cod: 51006
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

Figurations and topics of Portuguese cultural identity 
This course unit proposes a reflection on the role of literature in shaping and questioning the different ways by which the national imagination has experienced the ways of thinking and being-Portuguese.

Cultural identity
Being Portuguese
National imaginary

Students are expected
• to learn the course unit contents as well as to read all recommended bibliography;
• to rank and feature the main socio-cultural, historical and literary guidelines that frame the proposed authors and works;
• to relate dynamically literary texts and doctrinary texts;
• to reflect and criticise authors and texts as well as practising correct and structured ways of expression.

This course unit provides students with a selective overview of Portuguese culture through the study of a corpus of authors and texts, fictional and critical, considered as paradigms in what concerns cultural and Portuguese Identity privileged expressions and moments;

Main readings:

CATROGA, Fernando & CARVALHO, Paulo Archer de, Sociedade e Cultura Portuguesa II, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1996 (capítulos. 7., 8., 10., 13., 14. & 16.).
LOURENÇO, Eduardo, O Labirinto da Saudade, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2005.
PEREIRA, José Carlos Seabra, (Org.), História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa, Vol. VII – Do Fim-de-século ao Modernismo, Lisboa, Editorial Verbo, 1995 (chapters 1. & 2.).

PIEDADE, Ana Nascimento, Outra Margem - Estudos de Literatura e Cultura Portuguesas, Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 2008.

REIS, Carlos e Maria da Natividade Pires, (Org.), História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa, Vol. V – O Romantismo, Lisboa, Editorial Verbo, 1993 (chapters 7. & 8.).

RIBEIRO, Maria Aparecida, (Org.),  História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa, Vol. VI – Realismo e Naturalismo, Lisboa, Editorial Verbo, 1994 (chapters 2. & 4.).



Complementary readings:

ANTUNES, Manuel, Repensar Portugal, Lisboa, Multinova, 2005.

DIAS, Jorge, O essencial sobre Os Elementos Fundamentais da Cultura Portuguesa, Lisboa, IN-CM, 1985.
FRANÇA, José-Augusto, O Romantismo em Portugal. Estudo de Factos Socioculturais, Lisboa, Livros Horizonte, 1999.
LOURENÇO, Eduardo, Portugal como Destino seguido de Mitologia da Saudade, Lisboa, Gradiva, 1999.
MARTINS, Guilherme D'Oliveira, Portugal. Identidade e Diferença – Aventuras da Memória, Lisboa, Gradiva, 2007.
MATTOSO, José, A Identidade Nacional, Lisboa, Gradiva, 1998.
SARAIVA, António José, Para a História da Cultura em Portugal, vol. I, Lisboa, Gradiva, 1995.
SÉRGIO, António, "O Reino Cadaveroso ou o problema da Cultura em Portugal", in Joel Serrão, António Sérgio - Uma Antologia, Lisboa, Livros Horizonte, 1984, pp. 126-151.

SERRÃO, Joel, Portugueses Somos, Lisboa, Livros Horizonte, s.d.



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%).

Considering that this course unit aims at approaching authors and texts considered emblematic in the Portuguese culture, students must be aware about the importance of fully reading all literature  recommended - particularly the compulsory one.