PORT10090 Film and Fiction (in the Portuguese-speaking world)

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will be conducted in English and a reading knowledge of Portuguese is not required.

This module examines 20th and 21st-century film and literature of the Portuguese-speaking world. The selected cultural objects serve as vehicles for a deeper understanding of some major political and social shifts that have impacted the contemporary Portuguese-speaking world. The module encourages students to compare different cultural objects, through a variety of genres and media, in order to establish conceptual links and recognise some of the main features of contemporary Lusophone cultural production.

*Trigger warning: Some topics of a disturbing nature will be discussed, within the expected contexts of the course, such as violence and racism. Students will be warned about this material at the outset.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Identify distinctive characteristics and themes of the Portuguese-speaking world in contemporary film and literature production;
- Examine the ways in which artistic productions contest hegemonic narratives and participate in the construction of a national discourse;
- Understand how some of the major political and social shifts have impacted the current landscape of the contemporary Portuguese-speaking world;
- Apply pertinent historical and socio-political information to their analyses of cultural products and understand how literature and film respond to social change in the Portuguese-speaking world world;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Portuguese-speaking world as a space of diversity within unity.

Indicative Module Content:

1 - Concepts of Lusophony & Geography of the Portuguese-Speaking World

2 - The Colonial War and the Collapse of the Empire
The Murmuring Coast, by Margarida Cardoso

3 - Portugal: The Carnation Revolution
April Captains, by Maria de Medeiros

4 - Angola: in Search of a Nation
Yes, Comrade!, by Manuel Rui

5 - Mozambique: Colonial Impressions
We killed Mangy-Dog and Other Mozambique Stories, by Luís Bernardo Honwana

6 - Mozambique: The Civil War
Sleepwalking Land, by Teresa Prata

7 - Brazil: In Times of Military Dictatorship
The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, by Cao Hamburger

8 - Brazil: "Favelas" & Violence
City of God, by Fernando Meirelles

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, seminar discussions, critical writing, group work. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Comparative final essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Assignment: Essay / Commentary Week 6 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback individually to students on non graded assessments at the discretion of the tutor - Students will be told what they have done well and what they need to do to improve. Feedback individually to students on graded assessments - includes reminding students of what they were aiming to achieve (the learning outcomes). Feedback to the class, on activities developed in class, where appropriate - feedback given against explicit and agreed criteria for success (clear marking criteria aligned with the learning outcomes).

- A Costa dos Murmúrios [The Murmuring Coast] (2004), by Margarida Cardoso;
- Capitães de Abril [April Captains] (2000), by Maria de Medeiros;
- Terra sonâmbula [Sleepwalking Land] (2007), by Teresa Prata;
- O ano em que meus pais saíram de férias [The Year My Parents Went on Vacation] (2006), by Cao Hamburger;
- Cidade de Deus [City of God] (2002), by Fernando Meirelles.

- We Killed Mangy-Dog and Other Mozambique Stories (1964), by Luís Bernardo Honwana [selection of short stories];
- Yes, Comrade! (1977), by Manuel Rui [selection of short stories].

Background Readings:
- Selected readings from different texts will be provided.
Name Role
Dr Romeu Foz Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Mon 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 15:00 - 15:50