Portuguese Literature of the Renaissance

Academic year
Subject Area
Portuguese Language Literature
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

In addition to theoretical presentations by the teacher, using various didactic strategies and instruments (powerpoint presentations, audiovisual materials, etc.), students are expected to participate in an active and critical manner in the analysis and interpretation of the literary and doctrinal texts selected.

Learning Outcomes

The aim of this course is to develop a critically grounded study of the dynamics of the literary field in Portugal in the historical-cultural period between the late 15th century and the third quarter of the 16th century. It will provide an analysis of the most representative works of this period, which will be placed in their aesthetic, cultural and ideological context, and an evaluation of the different forms of affirmation of codes and genres.

Work Placement(s)



I. From the late Middle Ages to the beggining of the Renaissance in Portugal

1. Humanism and aesthetic-literary paradigms in Portugal and Europe.

2. The significance of the Discoveries in the social and political field and in knowledge.


II. The theater of Gil Vicente

1. The tradition of medieval theater in the Iberian Peninsula and in Europe.

2. Formation of genres.

3. Conditions of production, genre diversity and factors of aesthetic convergence.

4. The place of Gil Vicente in the academic canon and in culture.


III. Portuguese lyric poetry of the Renaissance

1. Sá de Miranda: the horizon of tradition and the extent of renovation.

2. António Ferreira: from aesthetic indoctrination to poetic practice.


IV. The sentimental novels of Bernardim Ribeiro

1. Editorial history of Menina e Moça or Saudades and its reception.

2. Genre bases and influences: the state of the issue.

3. Rhetorical structure, narrative composition and ideological premises.

4. Bernardim Ribeiro in the history of P

Head Lecturer(s)

José Augusto Cardoso Bernardes

Assessment Methods

Periodic Assessment
Mini Tests: 25.0%
Other: 25.0%
Frequency: 50.0%

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%


Bernardes, J.C. (1999). História Crítica da Literatura Portuguesa. Lisboa: Verbo.

Bernardes, J.C. (2006). Sátira e Lirismo. Modelos de síntese no teatro de Gil Vicente. Coimbra: IN-CM.

Bernardes, J.C. (2003). Revisões de Gil Vicente. Coimbra: Angelus Novus.

Bernardes, J.C. (2008). Gil Vicente. Lisboa: Edições 70.

Bernardes, J.C. (1991). A estrutura retórica da Menina e Moça. Biblos, LXVII, pp. 239-262.

Camões, J. (Ed.) (2002). As Obras de Gil Vicente. Lisboa: CET/FLUL/ INCM.

Castro, A. P. (1985). Os códigos poéticos em Portugal do Renascimento ao Barroco. (…). Revista da Universidade de Coimbra, XXXI, 505-531.

Ferreira, António (2000). Poemas Lusitanos. Ed. T. F. Earle. Lisboa: FCG.

Marnoto, R. (1997). O Petrarquismo Português do Renascimento e do Maneirismo. Coimbra: U. Coimbra.

Miranda, F. de Sá de (2011). Poesias. Ed. M. A. Franco. Coimbra: Angelus Novus/CLP.

Ribeiro, Bernardim (2008). Menina e Moça ou Saudades. Ed. J. M. Carrasco González. Coimbra: Angelus Novus.