Portuguese: African Literature in Portuguese

7.5 Credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Language, Literatures and Learning
Subject field
Portuguese (PRA)
Group of Subjects
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 14 June 2013.
This syllabus is valid from 14 June 2013.
Revised, 14 April 2016.
Revision is valid from 14 April 2016.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • identify and formulate key issues in a selection of works in the African literature written in Portuguese.
  • analyze and interpret literary works and critically examine their content in their historical socio-political and cultural context
  • in writing and orally communicate their own and others’ literary interpretations with very good mastery of the Portuguese language
  • independently search for, collect and make use of relevant sources, and refer to them in an academically correct manner.

Course Content

The course includes in-depth studies of African literary works in Portuguese. A number of representative contemporary literary works from Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tomé e Prinicipe are studied and contextualized in the specific esthetic, cultural and political discussions that have engaged the African authors. Through the theoretical texts we deepen the understanding of some central topics and themes, such as Modernism, Hybridity and Nationality.


Assessment is based on written assignments, oral presentations of written material and active participation in seminar discussions.

Forms of Study

The forms of study are lectures and seminars with group discussions. Portuguese is used as the language of tuition and English and / or Swedish are used as support languages.


The Swedish grades U–VG.


  • Contemporary Portugal: Literature and Society 7,5 credits, Contemporary Brazil: Literature and Society 7,5 credits, Portuguese: Grammar and Written Proficiency II 7,5 credits and Portuguese: Oral Proficiency II 7,5 credits at First cycle level