Cultural studies

Call for papers: “Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies” – UMass, Dartmouth

Posted July 26, 2021.

The teaching of literature, whether at the secondary or university level, has always given rise to the recurring and controversial question: “What is it really for?” Old debates about the autonomy of literature in relation to its social function, usefulness or uselessness, suggest the ethical and political dilemmas that teachers and institutions face when teaching literary texts.

Thinking about the goals of literary pedagogy involves thinking about the texts and literary genres to be taught, how to differentiate teaching from the original or from the translation, what teaching approaches should be employed, and how the established canons can be revised in such a way. critical in light of ongoing debates regarding decolonization, gender equality and environmentalism, among others. These questions are particularly relevant in relation to Portuguese literatures, given Portugal’s historic role as a colonizing power.

This special issue aims to bring together articles on the teaching of literatures in Portuguese that deal with issues of canonicity, curriculum design, intercultural reading approaches, translation teaching, language teaching, history and culture (s) through literature, etc. We aim to explore, review and disseminate best practices and promote a debate that involves both teachers and students, in secondary schools and higher education, both in Portuguese-speaking countries and elsewhere.

Topic: “Teaching literature in Portuguese” /Guest editors: Almeida (University of Liverpool) and Joana Meirim (Universidade Católica de Lisboa)

Articles (in English or Portuguese) are invited on the following non-exhaustive list of topics:

  • The literary canon and national programs in Portuguese-speaking countries (manuals and program design);
  • Teach literature in Portuguese within the framework of the decolonization of the curriculum;
  • Literatures in Portuguese in the context of intercultural education;
  • Methodological reflections, innovations and debates on the teaching of literature in Portuguese;
  • Teach literature in Portuguese and new media / genres (song lyrics, graphic novels, digital picture books, flash fiction, etc.);
  • Translation education: selection of texts, availability, specific challenges and other considerations;
  • Teaching the Portuguese language and literature: an integrated program or worlds apart?

Send an abstract of 300 words or less to PLCS Editor-in-Chief, Mario Pereira ([email protected]) before September 30, 2021. The proposals will be selected and the authors informed by October 10, 2021.

Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies is an open access peer-reviewed journal published by Tagus Press at the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture of the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.