Portuguese Literature I
Cod: 51044
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literature
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

Curricular unit that offers a panoramic view of Portuguese Literatures, from the end of the 12th Century to the end of the 16th Century. The main features that illustrate and distinguish the various literary forms cultivated during this time span are presented, as well as its most significant authors (except for Luís de Camões, whose work is studied in other curricular units). Some specific texts considered as paradigmatic for the period under study will be analysed.

Portuguese Literature
Medieval Literature

By the end of this curricular unit, the student must have acquired / developed:
• broad knowledge on Medieval and 16th Century Portuguese Literature;
• competence to understand and to read critically texts in ancient and renaissance Portuguese;
• capacity to apply, in a selective and critical way, the acquired knowledge in the analysis of various kinds of texts;
• facility of expression, synthesis, reflection and criticism.

I. Medieval Literature
a. Troubadour poetry
b. “Matter of Brittany”
c. Hagiographical, didactical and sapiential literature
d. Historiography
e. Literary production of the Avis court
II. 16th Century literature
a. Poetic anthologies
b. Vicentine and post-Vicentine theatre
c. Menina e Moça, by Bernardim Ribeiro
d. Chivalry romances
e. The chronicles of the Portuguese expansion
f. Renaissance dialogues

BUESCU, Maria Leonor Carvalhão, Literatura Portuguesa Medieval, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1990.
MAGALHÃES, Isabel Allegro de (coord.), História e Antologia da Literatura Portuguesa I: séculos XIII-XV, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2007 - também disponível online: http://www.leitura.gulbenkian.pt/boletim_cultural/boletim_cultural.php?serie=HALP (nº 1 a 10)
TAVANI, Guiseppe e LANCIANI, Julia (org.), Dicionário da Literatura Medieval Galega e Portuguesa, Lisboa, Caminho, 1993.
SARAIVA, António José e LOPES, Óscar, História da Literatura Portuguesa, Porto, Porto editora, 2000.

NB: Complementary bibliography will be recommended for each specific topic of the curricular unit’s contents.


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%).

To enrol in this course unit, students are required to have successfully achieved Introduction to Literary Studies I.