Portuguese Literature in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Teacher in charge
Helena Barbas, Teresa Araújo
a) To focus and question the poetic and rhetoric theorizations produced in the XVII and XVIII centuries.
b) To develop critical enquiries concerning the poetic and prose works composed in the light of the contemporary aesthetic paradigms.
c) To criticize, from the thematic and formal points of view, the dramatic productions (in and out of print) of the periods in reference.
d) To plan, develop and discuss essays about lyrical and dramatic works of the Portuguese Baroque and Neoclassicism, resorting to the adequate methodological and theoretical instruments.
1. Critical reflection about the journeys of the epochal theorization:
1.1. the consecration of “ingenious speech” (Francisco Leitão Ferreira, Nova Arte de Conceitos, 1718-1721);
1.2. the apology of the rationality aesthetics and the definition of the "good taste", authored by the "Arcádia Lusiatana";
1.3. Baroque resurgences against the Arcadias’ severity (Francisco de Pina e Melo, Arte Poética, 1765).
2. Thematic and formal perspectives of poetic and prose itineraries:
2.1. from the playful and spectacular composition of the baroque writers,
2.2. to the creative search for equilibrium and utility by the authors of the "Arcádia Lusitana".
3. Thematic and formal perspectives of theatrical itineraries:
3.1. from the baroque output beyond O Fidalgo Aprendiz (the works of Pedro Salgado, Soror Ângela de Azevedo and Soror Maria do Céu, representative of an important dramatic assembly);
3.2. to the elaboration of the civic tragedy and of the bourgeois comedy, in the second half of the century XVIII.
ARAÚJO, Ana Cristina, 2003: A Cultura das Luzes em Portugal, Lisboa, Horizonte.
CASTRO, Aníbal Pinto de, 2008: Retórica e Teorização Literária em Portugal. Do Humanismo ao Neoclassicismo, 2ª ed., Lisboa, Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda.
CRUZ, Duarte Ivo, 2001: História do Teatro Português, Lisboa, Relógio d’Água.
MARAVALL, José Antonio, 2002: La cultura del Barroco, 9ª. ed., Barcelona, Ariel.
HATHERLY, Ana, 1997: O Ladrão Cristalino, Lisboa, Cosmos.
The methodology will be theoretical: it will demand the presentation of arguments and critical analysis in what concerns the students. The professor will lecture on theoretical issues and accompany the works developed by the students.
The student’s evaluation will result from their class participation, especially through the presentation and the discussion of the work carried out throughout the academic year (50%), and a final frequency (50%).