Portuguese 24, Section 1

Discovering Brazil: An Introduction to Latin America’s Largest Country through Movies, Music, and Literature (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Candace Slater
Tuesday 1:00-2:00, 105 Dwinelle Hall, Class number: 24844

This course uses movies, music, and a number of diverse readings to understand Brazilian history and culture, and environmental themes. In addition, we will draw on a number of texts and speakers who can talk directly about important issues in the time of the coronavirus. This is your invitation to join the group for an overview of the largest country in all of Latin America--a place that offers revealing comparisons and contrasts to other nations such as Mexico and Argentina. The primary requirement for the course is to attend the classes (attendance is required!) and to do the short but important preparations (readings, film viewing) that will generate stimulating conversations with your fellow students. The course is intended to allow its members to interact comfortably with each other as well as the professor in the process of getting to know a vast and surprising country.

Instructor Bio

Candace Slater teaches Brazilian literature and culture, as well as courses on the Amazon, in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She has a secondary affiliation with the Energy and Resources Group. She is the author of seven books and many articles and has traveled widely throughout Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula.

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All readings and discussions will be in English.