Portuguese Literature II
Cod: 51045
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literature
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit studies the main aesthetic and literary moments in a global and diachronic perspective during the mid-16th century and the late 18th century. The most representative authors and texts will be introduced.

  1. Classicismo
  2. Maneirismo 
  3. Barroco
  4. Neoclássicos e Pré-românticos

Students are expected to be able
•to acquire knowledge on different aesthetic and doctrinary senses that in a diachronic perspective frame Portuguese literature of this period and to relate them;
•to develop reading, analysis and interpretation competences for commenting critically the main texts/authors of a given period;
•to apply the acquired knowledge in the development of literary book reviews.

This course unit studies the key themes offered by the Coursebook on Portuguese classical literature edited by Universidade Aberta, by analysing a selection of texts which identify and represent the work of the authors considered.
Different aesthetic and literary profiles that feature the literary productions of Gil Vicente and Bernardim Ribeiro are compared.
Poetic and doctrinary values introduced by the works of Sá de Miranda and António Ferreira are also identified and analysed, along with a refelction on 'travel' and 'disaster' literatures, relating contexts and contents.
The work of Camões is approached from a global perspective, privileging the lyric over the epic.
The reflection on the literary times representative of Mannerism and Baroque intends to demonstrate the richness and variety of aesthetic and conceptual universes of that period.
In the 18th century, through the analysis of the Enlightenment reflections, it is evident the renewal performed by the Arcadia Lusitana and the aesthetic and ideological innovation brought by some of its members, focusing on the contribution the poems of Bocage and Marquesa de Alorna brought to the national literary panorama as precursors of the new aesthetic and romantic sensibility.

Buescu, Maria Leonor Carvalhão, Literatura portuguesa clássica, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1992;
Buescu, Maria Leonor Carvalhão (org.), Literatura portuguesa clássica, Textos Complementares, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1992.
Saraiva, António José, Oscar Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa, Porto, Porto Editora, s/d
História e antologia da literatura portuguesa, séculos XVI e XVII, vols. II e III, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2007. Consultar online em:.


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%).

Aconselhamos os estudantes a realizar previamente a disciplina Introdução aos Estudos Literários I.