The course consists of a total of 8 sessions of 2 hours each, and aims to provide an introduction to the essentials of Portuguese as a variety of cultural domains, material and immaterial. At the end of the course, the audience is expected to be better prepared to understand the cultural references driving Portuguese presence in Macao and the world.
Class 1. An identity centered on language. Portuguese and other languages in Portugal. General introduction to Portuguese language history and geography, past and present.
Class 2. The growth of a country in feudal times. Lyricism and the feminine: cantigas de amigo, Rainha Santa Isabel (and D. Dinis), Inês de Castro, Menina e Moça, “Barbara the slave”. Medieval poetry and contemporary popular music.
Class 3. The establishment of a nation in history, literature and art. Batalha, Fernão Lopes, Nuno Gonçalves.
Class 4. Expansion and the East I: literature out of history. Three authors (Gil Vicente, Luís de Camões and Fernão Mendes Pinto) and three texts (Índia, Os Lusíadas, Peregrinação). Sixteenth-century travel and contemporary popular music: Fausto Bordalo Dias.
Class 5. Expansion and the East II: stories and myths. The shipwreck of Sepúlveda and King Sebastião in history, contemporary music and film.
Class 6. The second Portuguese empire: Brazil, from António Vieira and the Gold Cycle to Independence. The third Portuguese empire: Africa, from the Rose-Coloured Map to the Colonial Wars.
Class 7. Contemporary Portugal I. Nationalist symbolism and commemoration. The cockerel from Barcelos and other handicrafts. Popular music before the Carnation Revolution (1974): Lisbon fado, Coimbra fado/balada and back to lyric.
Class 8. Contemporary Portugal II. History and art after the Carnation Revolution. Popular traditions today.
Professor Hélio Alves joined the University of Macau as Associate Professor of Portuguese Literature in January 2019. He is a well-known scholar of Renaissance and Early Modern Portuguese and Comparative Literature, and also the director of Chinese-Portuguese Bilingual Teaching and Training Centre (CPC).
Seats are limited to 20 and registrations are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register by 8 November 2019 12:00PM.
To register, please scan the QR code on the attached poster or visit the following link: https://forms.gle/taFryZsa4fi2UkaH8