European Literatures II
Cod: 31097
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literature
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The awareness of an European identity arised in the 19th century, expressed by the multiplicity of its literatures. Throughout more than two centuries, literature preceded or followed the evolution of mentalities, the social convulsions, the changes in the regime, the destructive war that forged the European man. This course unit provides a perspective on contemporary European literatures. Despite their singularities, such literatures shared values and aesthetics that, from romanticism to surrealism, helped breaking frontiers. Firstly, it is provided a vision on a set of phenomena, tendencies, common literary schools among several countries, privileging tools and concepts of literary history. Secondly, depending on the semester, it is suggested the study of an author, a book, a theme or a myth within a comparative point of view.

  1. European Literature
  2. Europe
  3. Contemporary Literature

• Placing fundamental authors in European Literature
• Identifying themes, motives and myths of European Literature
• Identifying tendencies, movements, literary schools
• Relating a book to its cultural, social and political context
• Analysing a contemporary European literary text
• Writing a literary review on books' excerpts
• Essaying on matters related to European Literature

• 19th century literature history
• Music and Literature
• The experimental novel
• Literary schools and movements
• Fantastic literature

BACKÉS, ean-Louis, A Literatura Europeia, trad. L. Feio, Lisboa, Instituto Piaget, 1999.
CALVINO,Italo, Se Numa Noite de Inverno um Viajante, Trad. José Colaço Barreiros,Lisboa, Editorial Teorema, 2009.
KUNDERA,Milan, A Ignorância, Trad. Miguel Serras Pereira,Porto, Ed.Asa, 2000.
Complementary readings:
KUNDERA,Milan, A Arte do Romance, Lisboa, Dom Quixote, 2002.
KUNDERA,Milan, A Cortina , Porto, Ed. Asa, 2005.
MACHADO,Álvaro Manuel Machado e Daniel-Henri Pageaux, Da Literatura Comparada à Teoria da Literatura, Lisboa Editorial Presença, 2001.
MALATO,Maria Luísa, História da Literatura Europeia, Uma introdução aos Estudos Literários, Lisboa, Quid Juris - Sociedade Editrora Lda, 2008.
Cartas da Europa, O que é Europeu na Literatura Europeia? Prefácio de Eduardo Lourenço, Lisboa, Fim de Século, Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda, 2005.


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%).