German Language Literatures and Comparative Studies

Academic year
Subject Area
German Linguistics
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Introduction to the study of German Languages.

Teaching Methods

The introduction to the methods and operative concepts of Comparative Studies will happen mostly through practice, that is, through analysis and discussion of texts from different national and cultural contexts, having German literatures as the main focus. If necessary, Portuguese translations will be used.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students should: have a basic knowledge on the notion, methods and instruments of the different disciplinary fields of Comparative Studies having literatures in German as a starting point; have developed his/her ability to analyze and comment literary texts in a comparative perspective; understand and evaluate the potential of inter-cultural, interdisciplinary and inter-arts studies.

Work Placement(s)



Comparative Studies is a paradigm of cultural and literary analysis that crosses borders and explores limits. Based on literatures written in German, this course wishes to discover the various perspectives adopted by comparative literary studies in promoting a dialogue between cultures, between knowledge fields and between different arts. We will talk about imagology, reception, translation, gender studies, cultural studies, and post-colonial studies. We will work on the literary text and on this and its crossings with film, painting and photography, children literature and comics; we will work on the North, the South, the West, the East in a first approach to Literature as World Literature.

Head Lecturer(s)

Catarina Isabel Caldeira Martins

Assessment Methods

Final assessment
Exam: 100.0%

Continuous assessment
Mini Tests: 25.0%
In-class participation : 25.0%
Frequency: 50.0%


Bernheimer, C. (ed.) (1995), Comparative literature in the age of multiculturalism. Baltimore: John Hopkins.

Buescu, H., Ferreira Duarte, J., Gusmão, M. (org.) (2001). Floresta Encantada. Novos Caminhos da Literatura Comparada. Lisboa: D. Quixote.

Buescu, H. (2001). Grande Angular. Comparatismo e Práticas de Comparação, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Bassnet, S. (1993). Comparative Literature. A Critical Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell

Cadernos de Literatura Comparada, 10-11 (2005). "Literatura Comparada no século XXI: Questões e Perspectivas", Porto: Edições Afrontamento e Instituto de Literatura Comparada Margarida Losa.

Guillén, C. (1985). Entre lo Uno y lo Diverso. Introducción a la Literatura Comparada, Barcelona: ed. Crítica.

Machado, A. M., Pageaux, D. H. (1988). Da Literatura Comparada à Teoria da Literatura. Lisboa: Caminho.

Zima, P. V. (1993). Komparatistik. Tübingen: Francke.