Portuguese Literature and Culture
Cod: 53048
Department: DH
ECTS: 15
Scientific area: Portuguese Literature and Culture
Total working hours: 390
Total contact time: 60

Settling between the last quarter of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, this curricular unit seeks to delimit, explain and reflect upon the different meanings and shades of what is commonly designated as Literary Modernity, a multi-significant, multi-faceted and decisive concept in the structuring of the Portuguese intellectual, aesthetic, cultural and literary panorama, considering, however, some of the influences that were received from the European context.

Modern; Modernity; Modernism; Literary generation

The curricular unit aims to promote in the student the following skills:

- to understand in an articulated way the dynamic relationships existing between texts of a theoretical and programmatic nature and the literary and metaliterary texts that relate to them;

- to be able to interpret and critically reflect, within the scope of the syllabus’ contents, as well as to practice a structured and reasoned form of expression (oral and written);

- to conduct selective and coherent research in order to prepare academic works that combine acquired knowledge, critical reflection and original perspectives.

The curricular unit of Portuguese Literature and Culture intends to reflect, in an articulated way, on the critical and literary production of several authors selected from the last quarter of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, which, paradigmatically, contributed to the philosophy and constitutive values of literary Modernity. The path of aesthetic theorization of the different authors in question will be followed, while accompanying the fictional practices that dialogue with this itinerary, and establishing, at the same time, historical-literary and socio-cultural framing relationships with the relevant 'generations' that they themselves founded and thet their works embody.

Calinescu, Matei. As cinco faces da Modernidade. Lisboa: Vega, 1999.

Compagnon, Antoine. Le Démon de la théorie – Littérature et sens commun. Paris: Seuil, 1998.

Guimarães, Fernando. Os Problemas da Modernidade. Lisboa: Presença, 1994.

Lisboa, Eugénio. O Segundo Modernismo em Portugal. Lisboa: Instituto de Cultura e Língua Portuguesa, Biblioteca Breve, 1984.

Lourenço, Eduardo. O Canto do Signo. Existência e Literatura. Lisboa: Presença, 1993.

Lourenço, Eduardo. O Labirinto da Saudade. Lisboa: Gradiva, 2005.

Lourenço, Eduardo. Tempo e Poesia. Lisboa: Relógio D’Água, 1987.

Monteiro, Adolfo Casais. A Palavra essencial - Estudos sobre a Poesia. Lisboa: Editorial Verbo, 1972.

Monteiro, Adolfo Casais. O que foi e o que não foi o movimento da Presença. Lisboa: INCM, 1995.

Meschonnic, Henri. Modernité, Modernité. Paris: Gallimard, 1993.

Negreiros, José de Almada. Obras Completas, Vol. VI, Textos de Intervenção. Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, 1993.

Piedade, Ana Nascimento. Eduardo Lourenço ou a revolução da exegese pessoana? In Relâmpago, Revista de Poesia, n.º 22, Abril de 2008, Ano XI, “Eduardo Lourenço leitor de poesia”, Dir. Gastão Cruz, pp. 73-84.

Piedade, Ana Nascimento. Em Diálogo com Eduardo Lourenço. Lisboa: Gradiva, 2015.

Piedade, Ana Nascimento. Fradiquismo e Modernidade no último Eça (1888-1900). Lisboa: Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, 2003.

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


The assessment includes several written academic works, as well as regular and relevant participation in the forums throughout the semester.

Bibliography in English and French may be indicated/made available.