Literary Theory

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

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

Work in this unit will be divided between lecture moments (by the teacher or by students) and group analysis and discussion of texts and documents.

Learning Outcomes

This course unit is destined to provide to students a systemic knowledge of literature, in its multiple dimensions (historical, social, institutional, aesthetic, etc.). As a general principle, it intends to show that, when being read, texts demand themselves certain kinds of answers that are already of a theoretical nature.

At the end of the semester, students should be capable of (i) recognizing and using the theoretical terminology presented by the unit; (ii) recognizing and relating information to new texts (whether literary or not) and situations; (iii) demonstrating a capacity to provide arguments, intellectual rigour and critical thought, orally or by writing, in this field of study.

Work Placement(s)



1.         Texts and theories: the study of literature and the theoretical perspective;

2.         Literary Theory and the Humanities;

3.         Literary Theory and the other disciplines of literary studies;

4.         Some paradigms of Literary Theory;

5.         Literature, the literary institution and the “literary field”.

6.         Reading, interpreting and using literary texts.

Head Lecturer(s)

Osvaldo Manuel Alves Pereira Silvestre

Assessment Methods

Final Assessment
Exam: 100.0%

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


Aguiar e Silva, V. (2009). Teoria da Literatura. Coimbra: Livraria Almedina.

Aguiar e Silva, V. (2010). As Humanidades, os Estudos Culturais, o Ensino da Literatura e a Política da Língua Portuguesa. Coimbra: Almedina.

Aristóteles (2007). Poética. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

De Man, P. (1999). O Ponto de Vista da Cegueira. Ensaios sobre a Retórica da Crítica Contemporânea. Lisboa: Angelus Novus, Editora e Livros Cotovia.

Durão, F. A. (2011). Teoria (literária) americana. Uma introdução crítica. Campinas: Autores Associados.

Fokkema, D. W. & Ibsch, E. (1984). Teorías de la literatura del siglo XX. Madrid: Cátedra.

Garavelli, B. M. (2000). Manual de retórica. Madrid: Cátedra.

Groden, M. & Kreiswirth, M. (Eds.) (1994). The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Wellek, R. & Warren, A. (1987). Teoria da Literatura. Lisboa: Europa-América.