Subject: Literature, Culture and Media

Scientific Area:

Culture Studies


64 Hours

Number of ECTS:




Overall objectives:

1 - Train and provide students with the ability to reflect about the concepts of culture and literature, media and communication in context of contemporaneity;
2 - Have a critical reflection about various concepts related to media's role in the history of culture and mediatized culture, chiefly the memory's role in the context of technologies of information.
3 - Historically articulate some concepts related to evolution of technics and the written means/support;
4 - Analyze literary and/or mediat artefacts (books, albums, audiobooks and videos) in the framework of cultural, literary, media studies nowadays/at the present time;
5 - Develop and improve technics of research and deep, critical and original reflections, about literary production and cultural industries, namely about artistic pratices over the 19th, 20th, 21st centuries.


1 - Concepts of communication and media in the contemporaty of culture.Os conceitos de comunicação e de media na cultura contemporânea
1.1 - Mediation, convergence and "re-mediation"
1.2 - From word to sound and from page to screen
2 - Concepts of writing, culture and literature
2.1 - "Vegetal and mineral memories"
2.2 - An idea of literature as "mechanism"
2.3 - An immateriality of language, figuration of text and relation between word/moving images
3 - Question of memory and recall
3.1 - Invention of writing; memory and re-me A invenção da escrita; memória e rememoração;
3.2 - Memory and amnesia
3.3 - "Contemporary developments in memory"
4 - Literature and media: interdisciplinary, studies of interartes and ekphrasis
4.1 - Case study: poetic art; painting and cinema
4.2 - Poetry and photography: ekphrasis
4.3 - Micro-narrativas, artes gráficas, áudio-livro e vídeo;
4.4 - Poesia e escultura: ekphrasis;
4.5 - Poesia visual em suporte digital / 'remediação'), etc.).


BORGES , 2009 , "Funes ou a memória" [1942] , Ficções , Lisboa, Teorema,
CALVINO, , 1984 , La machine littérature, , Essais, Paris, Seuil.
ECO, , 2003 , "Vegetal And Mineral Memory: The Future Of Books" , Al-Ahram Weekly Online: 20?26 November 2003 (Issue nº. 665).
HELDER, , 1995 , Photomaton & vox , Lisboa, Assírio e Alvim, 1
LE GOFF , "Memória", in Enciclopédia Einaudi, vol.1: ,
MOURA e de CASTELLO-LOPES. , 2000 , Em demanda de Moura / Giraldomachia , Lisboa, Quetzal Editores / Casa Fernando Pessoa
PAZ, , 2000 , Figuras e Figurações , Lisboa, Assírio & Alvim.
SOUSA e RIBEIRO, , 2004 , Antologia da Poesia Experimental Portuguesa. Anos 60- Anos 80. , Coimbra, Angelus Novus,
TAVARES, , 2011 , O Senhor Henri, Boca - palavras que alimentam , Teatro Municipal da Guarda,
Torres (coord). , Arquivo Digital da Literatura Experimental Portuguesa , https://www.po-ex.net_.

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Lectures will have the theoretical-practical components: reading and analysis of different essays, articles and texts which constitute the "corpus" of the syllabus, aiming at following up this analysis with deep, critical and original reflections among students as they could base on the theoretical bibliography of references established for the CU's purpose. The evaluation consists of: 2 mini-tests (25% each) to evaluate the assimilation of the contents covered in the classes and the reading of the theoretical-critical bibliography; 1 written frequency (50% weighting) to assess the ability to understand the theoretical concepts taught and their application to the case studies studied, namely the interdisciplinary intersection underlying the syllabus and the ability to reflect on the program topics in articulation with the works studied in class; participation in class (notably in written exercises and oral presentation) to assess oral communication and argumentative and dialogue skills