Introduction to Literary Studies I
Cod: 51023
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literary Studies
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

This course unit introduces Literature as an institution, its socio-cultural, historical and aesthetic dimensions, the main features of literary works as well as the study of literary genres and literary evolution.
The systematization of fundamental concepts in the field of literary theory is accompanied by many examples with the intention to demonstrate the close connection between theory and practical texts that must take place in this study area.

  1. Literary Studies
  2. Literature Theory

Students are expected to acquire the necessary knowledge for starting a theoretical and systemic approach of literature not only as an object of study but also as a meaningful object of aesthetic enjoyment.

• Literature as an institution
• Literary text and literary work
• Lyric poetry
• Literary narrative
• Literary evolution

Compulsory reading:
Carlos Reis, O Conhecimento da Literatura. Introdução aos Estudos Literários, Coimbra, Livraria Almedina, 1994.
Complementary readings:
BELLO, Maria do Rosário Lupi, Narrativa Literária e Narrativa Fílmica. O caso de “Amor de Perdição”, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian/FCT, 2008.
FINKIELKRAUT, Alain, Ce que peut la littérature, Paris, Gallimard, Collection Folio, 2008.
MATOS, Maria Vitalina Leal de, Introdução aos Estudos Literários. Lisboa, Verbo, 2001.
PAZ, Olegário; MONIZ, António; Dicionário Breve de Termos Literários. Lisboa, Editorial Presença, 1997.
REIS, Carlos; LOPES, Ana Cristina, Dicionário de Narratologia. Coimbra, Livraria Almedina, 1991.
JAHANBEGLOO, Ramin, Quatro Entrevistas com George Steiner, Lisboa, Fenda, 1999.
TODOROV, La littérature en péril, Paris, Flammarion, 2008.

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%).