Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Feminist Theory and Literary Experience - 1st semester



Academic unit

Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas





Teacher in charge

Ana Paiva Morais, Fernando Cascais

Weekly hours

3 letivas + 1 tutorial

Teaching language



a) To acquire the ability to analyse the way in which the literary experience of women, as authors, translators, critics and editors, has contributed towards establishing Feminist Theory;
b) To acquire knowledge regarding the debates currently taking place in this new field of knowledge, and learn how to differentiate the different paradigms involved and the concepts linked to them: sex/gender; identity/identities (race, social class and sexuality);
c) Acquire knowledge of some of the key texts within feminist literary criticism as well as the main controversies underlying these;
d) Acquire the ability to produce a research paper based on one of the themes covered, using a specialised bibliography and dealing with concepts from within Feminist Studies.



Subject matter

1. Analysis of certain concepts from the Theory of Literature, with special emphasis on the question of the canon.
2. The literary establishment and women: diagnosis of a problematic relationship
2.1 The history of Portuguese literature and the silencing of its female authors: The study of some paradigmatic cases (Teresa de Mello Breyner, D. Leonor de Almeida, Graça Pina de Morais)
2.2 Women in Hispanic poetic traditions.
3. Analysis of some fundamental concepts in Feminist Theory, with particular attention to the work of Rosi Braidotti, Helène Cixous, Françoise Collin, Bell Hooks, Luce Irigaray and Monica Wittig.
4. Essentialism and constructionism: the issue of “écriture feminine”.
5. Analysis of the main concepts within Queer Theory, paying particular attention to the contributions made by Michel Foucault, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler.


ROONEY, Ellen (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Literary Theory, Cambridge, Nova Iorque, Cambridge University Press, 2006;
MCCANN, Carole R e KIM, Seung-kyung (eds.), Feminist Local and Global Theory Perspectives Reader, Nova Iorque e Londres, Routledge, 2003 (extractos);
MACEDO, Ana Gabriela (ed.), Género, Identidade e Desejo. Antologia Crítica do Feminismo Contemporâneo, Lisboa, Cotovia, 2002.
RAMALHO, Irene, «Os Estudos sobre as Mulheres e o saber. Onde se conclui que o poético é feminista» in ex aequo, no 5, Oeiras, Celta Editora, 2001, pp. 107-122.
MAGALHÃES, Isabel, O Sexo dos Textos, Lisboa, Caminho, 1995

Teaching method

Presentations on different aspects of the programme.
Discussion of papers presented.
Tutorial guidance, focused on preparing and carrying out a research paper.

Evaluation method

Evaluation implies attendance of 2/3 of the sessions held as well as the submission of a research paper which should demonstrate knowledge of the issues covered as well as the ability to deal in a critical manner with the concepts covered in the course.