African Literatures in Portuguese I
Cod: 51051
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literature
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit studies the literatures of Angola and Mozambique, focusing on key moments of their processes of affirmation and autonomization.

  1. Angolan Literature
  2. Mozambican Literature
  3. Blackness

Students are expected to be able to:
• recognize the major artistic and cultural changes in both countries, during the 50s and 60s of the 20th century;
• articulate the message of poetry, particularly that of Agostinho Neto, with the historical and political background of Angola;
• identify the founding poetic texts of Mozambique;
• define and contextualize the concept of Blackness ("Negritude"), identifying their themes and motifs;
• recognize the innovative nature of literary discourse of Luandino Vieira;
• interpret the ideological and symbolic dimension of Pepetela and Mia Couto's fictions.

1. Periodization:
    1.1 Angolan Literature
    1.2 Mozambican Literature
    2.1 Mensagem
    2.2 Agostinho Neto
    2.3 Noémia de Sousa
    2.4 José Craveirinha
3. Prose:
    3.1 Luandino Vieira
    3.2 Pepetela
    3.3 Mia Couto

1.Textos literários:
COUTO, Mia – O fio das missangas, Lisboa, Caminho, 2004.
CRAVEIRINHA, José – Obra poética I, Lisboa, Caminho, 1999.
NETO, Agostinho – Sagrada esperança, 11ª ed., Lisboa, Sá da Costa, 1987.
PEPETELA – Yaka, 5ª ed., Lisboa, Dom Quixote, 2006.
VIEIRA, Luandino – Luuanda, Lisboa, Caminho, 2004.

2.Bibliografia crítica:
Les littératures africaines de langue portugaise. Actes du Colloque International (Paris, 28-29-30 Novembre, 1 Décembre 1984), Paris, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian/Centre Culturel Portugais, 2e éd., 1989.
LARANJEIRA, Pires - Literaturas Africanas de Expressão Portuguesa, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1995.
LARANJEIRA, Pires, SIMÕES, Maria João & XAVIER, Lola Geraldes (orgs.) - Cinco Povos, cinco nações. Estudos de literaturas africanas. Actas do Congresso Internacional de Literaturas Africanas de Língua Portuguesa (Fac. de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra, 8-11 Out., 2003), Lisboa, Novo Imbondeiro, 2006.

NOTE:  Other readings will be recommended during the semester.


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%).