Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Crossings - 1st semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas


Línguas, Culturas e Literaturas Modernas, Secção de Estudos Ingleses e Norte-Americanos



Teacher in charge

Gabriela Gândara Terenas

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



a) To consolidate the theoretical basis of Anglo-Portuguese Studies.
b) To analyse the different relationships established between Portugal and Great Britain from the Ultimatum up to the First World War.
c) To develop the students’ capacity for critical analysis through oral presentations and discussions of reviews of previously chosen texts.
d) To promote the student’s ability to carry out autonomous research through the presentation of a written piece of work and posterior discussion of the same.


Degree or equivalent.

Subject matter

Title: “Imagined Communities”: Portugal and Britain from the Ultimatum until the First World War (1890-1918)

Part One
I) Introduction to Anglo-Portuguese Studies: Methodologies and Practices

II) Intercultural Relations
1. Portrayals of Cultures and Image Studies
2. Reception Studies and Cultural Mediation
3. Propaganda and the Political Press

Part Two

I) Overview of the Period

II) Colonial Issues: From the Aftermath of the Ultimatum to the Republic
1. Treaty Policy
2. Portugal and the Anglo-Boer War
3. Cadbury and the São Tomé Islands

III) Political and Diplomatic Relations: the Republican Government and the British Crown
1. Official and Secret Visits
2. The activities of the Marquês de Soveral and the exile of D. Manuel
3. British and Portuguese Propaganda in the Press

IV) Portugal, Britain and the First World War
1. The Anglo-Portuguese Alliance during the First World War
2. Accounts Written by Portuguese and British Eyewitnesses
3. The Allies during the Peace Conferences

V) Other Anglo-Portuguese Cultural Crossings
1. Lusophiles, Specialists in Portuguese Affairs and British Travellers
2. Images of Britain in Portuguese Texts
3. British Sports in Portugal


1) Anderson, Benedict (2006). Imagined Communities. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. Revised Edition. London/New York: Verso.
2)Beller, Manfred and Joep Leerssen (eds) (2007). Imagology: the Cultural Construction and Literay Representation of National Characters. A Critical Survey. Amsterdam: Rodopi, volume 13 of the Studia Imagologica.
3) Costa, Fernando (1998). Portugal e a Guerra Anglo-Boer. Política Externa e Opinião Pública (1899-1902). Lisboa: Edições Cosmos.
4) Evans, David e Manuel Filipe Canaveira (coord.) (2010). Regicídio e República. Olhares Britânicos e Norte-Americanos. Casal de Cambra: Editora Caleidoscópio.
5) Hall, Stuart (ed) (2010). Representation. Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London: Sage.
6) Walton, Douglas (2007). Media Argumentation. Dialectic, Persuasion, and Rethoric. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
7) Zacharasiewicz, Waldemar (2010). Imagology Revisited. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi. Studia Imagologica nº 17.

Teaching method

The postgraduate seminars are normally theoretical and practical with a strong interactive component on the part of the postgraduate students. The practical component includes oral contributions by the students, critical analysis and discussion of previously-chosen texts, together with presentations of individual research work.

Evaluation method

Assessment will focus on three main areas: 1) participation in the analysis and discussion of texts and tasks (15%); 2) oral presentation of a review (35%); 3) written presentation of a piece of individual and original research work (15 to 20 pages) and posterior discussion of the same (50%).