Vacancies: 3 to 10
Faculty: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas
Research Unit: Instituto de Estudos de Literatura e Tradição,
Course Level: Master
Teacher or principal researcher: Manuela Parreira da Silva; Filipe Delfim Santos.
Number of hours per session: 3
Number of hours per semester: 16
Class period: 1.10-2018 to 31.01.2019

Learning objectives: Understanding the importance of the study of letters for history, literature, society, language, etc.; acquiring advanced skills for classifying, archiving and editing correspondence collections.

- The public and the private in the autobiographical genres;
- Epistolarity: theories and debates - letterness and artistry;
- History of epistolography: the 'secretaries', or manuals for epistolographic style;
- The materiality of the letter: main and alternative codes, languages and supports;
- Analysis of some corpora and case studies: Fernando Pessoa, Mário de Sá-Carneiro, José Régio and others

Recommended reading:

  1. JOVICIC, Jelena (2010) L'intime épistolaire (1850-1900) : genre et pratique culturelle, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  2. NEVALEINEN, Terttu (2007) Letter writing, Amsterdam: J. Benjamins.
  3. POSTER, Carol (2007) Letter-writing manuals and instructions from Antiquity to the Present, Columbia: University of South Carolina Press.
  4. BARTON, David (1999) Letter Writing as a Social Practice, Amsterdam: J. Benjamins.
  5. ALTMAN, Janet Gurkin (1982) Epistolarity: Appproaches to a Form, Columbus: Ohio University Press.

Teaching Methods: A blended approach, combining formal lecture with student interaction & intervention.

Assessment methods: Continuous assessment: active engagement and motivation, timely and regular attendance, and a final project to be presented and discussed in the classroom.

Teaching language: English.