Subject: Tendencies of Contemporary Literature

Scientific Area:



64 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

1 - General:
1.1 - Develop the knowledge and understanding acquired in the 1st cycle, as a basis for the application of original ideas and projects in a research context.
1.2 - Integrate knowledge and deal with complexity, formulate judgments from given information.
1.3 - Know the themes related to the subject under study and formulate a critical position.
1.4 - Develop autonomous learning, study and research capacities.
1.5 - Acquire skills in written and oral academic communication.
2 - Specific:
2.1 - Understand the different perspectives of comparatism in the study of the contemporary literature and the importance of the relation of the literature with the historical-social and artistic contexts.
2.2 - Identify and characterize the issues related to contemporary literature, the relations of continuity and rethinking of previous traditions.
2.3 - Reflect on the various aesthetic, literary and cultural proposals of modernity.
2.4 - Articulate the main themes, trends and characteristics of the narrative and their inter-literatures relationship.


1 - Contemporary Literature: the comparative perspective.
2 - The narrative tendencies as connection of man to space / time.
2.1 - Narrative of genesis and identity: texts of convergence and condensation and the search for identity.
2.2 - Narratives of displacement: migrations, uprooting / rooting.
2.3 - Narratives of Fragmentation: racism and non-acceptance; the violence; inequality.
2.4 - Narratives of "Non-Place": the return, the vestiges of the past-present, memories, ashes and walls destroyed.
3 - A multicultural and transglobal world.
3.1 - Places of reconciliation and hope - dystopias or utopias (laughter, guilt, pain and (de) construction)
3.2 - The new fable: rites of passage, symbolism and criticism
3.3 - Role of literature in the contemporary panorama


B. Anderson , 2013 , Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism , London, Verso
G. Bauman , 1999 , The Multicultural Riddle: Rethinking National, Ethnic and Religious Identities , London, Routledge
Z. Bernd (org.) , 2010 , Dicionário das Mobilidades Culturais: Percursos Americanos , Porto Alegre, Literalis
H. K. Bhabba (dir.) , 1990 , Nation and Narration , London, Routledge
L. Brandt (org.) , 2005 , Diversidade Cultural Globalização e Culturas Locais, Dimensões, Efeitos e Perspectivas , São Paulo, Pensarte
A. Dagnino , 2015 , Transcultural Writers and Novels in the Age of Global Mobility , West Lafayette, Purdue University Press
L. Hutcheon , 1989 , Uma Teoria da Paródia , Lisboa, Edições 70,
C. Lévi-Strauss , 2014 , Às Voltas Coa Diversidade Cultural. As Conferências de Claude Lévi-Strauss para a UNESCO , Lugo, Edicións da Curuxa
P. Ouellet , 2005 , L?Esprit Migrateur - Essai sur le Non-sens Commun , Montréal, VLB
E. Said , 1979 , Orientalism , New York, Vintage Books,
G. Steiner , 1990 , Extraterritorial - A Literatura e a Revolução da Linguagem , São Paulo, Companhia das Letras
C. Taylor , 1998 , Multiculturalismo: Examinando a Política do Reconhecimento, trad. de Marta Machado e revisão de Pedro Duarte , Instituto Piaget
T. Todorov , 2010 , O Medo dos Bárbaros , Petrópolis, Vozes,
P. White , 1995 , ?Geography, literature and migration? in Writing Across Worlds: Literature and Migration, ed. John Connell, Russell King, Paul White , London, Routledge,

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Interpretation, reflection and discussion of basic texts in the classroom. Study: reading and personal study of general works, monographs, scientific articles and realization of outlines and abstracts. Research (including online research) and formulation of bibliographies. Discussion forum: participation in group discussion and team problem solving and preparation and presentation of conclusions; group reading and text commenting. Portfolio and practical work, including essay. Assessment and attendance: The active, constructive and creative participation of the student during the classes is evaluated element, as well as the competence to apply the theoretical concepts debated in class and acquired through reading, interpretation, reflection and discussion of the essential bibliography (theoretical and literary) proposed during contact hours should be integrated into the scientific work to be written. Critical review (30%); portfolio and participation (30%); essay (40%)