Assistant Professor of Portuguese
Fernando Rocha obtained a Master's and a PhD degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He also holds a Master's degree in Letters (Brazilian Literature and Literary Theory) from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Prof. Rocha just finished a book manuscript on Brazilian novelist Graciliano Ramos. His present research interests focus on the writings of subalterns in Brazil and on the intersections between voice and vocal performance and literature. He has articles published in journals such as Luso-Brazilian Review and ArtCultura.
Courses offered in the past four years.
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PGSE 3199 - Adv Beg Pgse Span Speaker
Advanced-Beginning Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
This course sequence focuses specifically on issues that arise when Spanish-speakers learn Portuguese. Because of the similarity between the two languages, typically Spanish speakers progress through Portuguese language classes at an astonishingly fast rate. In addition, with work on vocabulary and specific structures, they are able to communicate at a higher proficiency level in a shorter period of time. In this program, students not only have proficiency-oriented instruction to develop their communicational skills, but they are also constantly challenged to improve their pronunciation in the target language. Students with some formal instruction in Portuguese may also place in this level depending on their proficiency. Based on previous Portuguese School summers, the majority of students completing this level achieve Intermediate High to Advanced Low levels in the final oral assessment.
Basic bibliography: Pastreau, C. et al. Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. 2nd. Edition, Prentice Hall, 2012.
Set with Textbook, SAM, answer key and a Spanish-Portuguese dictionary. SAM and answer key may be Brazilian Port. or European Port., depending on the variant student wants to emphasize.
PGSE 3200 - Cultural Studies 1.5
Lusophone Cultural Studies 1.5
This course sequence is intended for students with a strong background in Spanish or in another Romance language (native or near-native proficiency). It is designed to expand the PSGE 3198 course, with a specific focus on the cultural manifestations that shape the Lusophone world nowadays. The program integrates the teaching of language in a formal classroom setting within a cultural context that may include history, media, music, cinema, literature, environment studies, and the arts in general, as well as the study of the colonization process and its cultural manifestations through a historical, geographical, political, and anthropological point of view. Students are also exposed to other phenomena that contributed to the formation of contemporary civilization in Portuguese-speaking countries through intensive reading and interpersonal oral expression, developing their listening, writing, interpretative, and communicative skills through critical thinking. Bibliography for PGSE 3200 will vary each year.
FYSE 1386 - Latin Am & Status of Writing
Latin America and the Status of Writing
Formal education, and in particular higher education, is heavily based on writing as a recording technology. In this seminar we will examine how Latin Americans have questioned the institution of writing in the “modernization” of society, focusing on issues such as the clash between cultures of literacy and orality, the literary rendering of oral performances, and contemporary scenes of narrative production (the cartonera movement, hip-hop, and graffiti artists). We will develop our conceptual framework by reading authors such as Ángel Rama, Walter Ong, and Jack Goody, and focus our eyes and ears on works by Latin American artists such as Ricardo Palma, Mario Vargas Llosa, Rappin’ Hood, and Graciliano Ramos. 3 hrs. sem.
HIST 0429 / PGSE 0429 - Gandhi
This course will focus on the works and actions of Mahatma Gandhi. At one level, the readings will provide an introduction to the philosophy and life of one of the most significant, influential, and well-known figures of the 20th century. At another level, the course will discuss in detail the major themes and occurrences in modern Indian history, tracing the rise and ultimate victory of the Indian nationalist movement. The class will read a variety of texts, including books written by Gandhi, tracts published by his political and religious opponents, social commentaries, contemporary novels, and engaging histories. (formerly HIST 0414)3 hrs. sem
PGSE 0101 - Beginning Portuguese I ▲
This course is a fast-paced introduction to Brazilian Portuguese and contemporary Brazilian culture. It focuses on the development of skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing within a cultural context. Students are expected to continue with PGSE 0102 in winter term, and PGSE 0103 in spring term, after successful completion of PGSE 0101. 5 hrs. lect./disc.LNG
Fall 2012, Fall 2013
PGSE 0102 - Beginning Portuguese II
This course is a continuation of PGSE 0101 and a pre-requisite for PGSE 0103. (PGSE 0101)
PGSE 0103 - Beginning Portuguese III ▹
This course is a continuation of Portuguese 0102. Intensive reading, writing, and speaking. (PGSE 0102) 5 hrs. lect./disc.LNG
Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014
PGSE 0201 - Intermediate Portuguese I
This is a course designed to consolidate the linguistic skills and expand the cross-cultural knowledge acquired in the PGSE 0101 - PGSE 0103 sequence. A grammar review will accompany critical readings, discussions, and compositions on contemporary Brazilian culture. (PGSE 0103 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc.LNG
PGSE 0210 - Beginning Port/Span Speakers
This course is designed for Spanish speakers and advanced Spanish learners at the 0300-level. It is an intensive introduction to Portuguese, covering all of the basic structures and vocabulary as well as important aspects of the cultures of lusophone countries. Language learning is based on the students' previous knowledge of Spanish. Students are expected to continue with PGSE 0211 in the Winter Term, after successful completion of PGSE 0210. (SPAN 0220 or placement at Spanish 0300-level or above or instructor's approval) 6 hrs. lect./disc.LNG
Fall 2009, Fall 2010
PGSE 0211 - Accel Port/Span Speakers II
Accelerated Portuguese for Spanish Speakers/Advanced Learners II
This course is a continuation of PGSE 0210. It is an intensive, culture-based course for Spanish speakers and advanced Spanish learners, covering intermediate-level structures and vocabulary. Films, music, and articles from different Portuguese-speaking countries will serve as materials for discussions. Students will also be introduced to critical and literary readings on issues relevant to Portuguese-speaking communities in order to advance their oral and writing skills. After successful completion of PGSE 0211, students may take 0300-level courses. (PGSE 0210 or instructor's approval)
PGSE 0353 - Faces of Brazil ▲
Faces of Brazil
In this course we will study four central elements in contemporary Brazilian culture which have been reshaping the country's "face." We will focus on the legacies of a slave-based social structure by studying the favelas and the MST (Landless Rural Workers' Movement) which led to new formations in both urban and rural landscapes, but also to a perplexing mirror of social violence. We will analyze different narrative texts from directors and authors such as Sérgio Bianchi and Ferréz. Critical texts will be drawn from social activists as well as from theorists, such as philosopher Renato Janine Ribeiro and anthropologist Alba Zaluar. (PGSE 0215 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
PGSE 0405 - Narratives from the Margin ▹
Narratives from the Margins: Occupying Minds
In this course we will investigate the narratives that marginal voices create in order to symbolically occupy a "space" in society. Taking, as our starting point, the concept of ocupação developed by the MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra), we will focus on marginal groups composing of Brazilian society, such as landless workers, inmates, or favelado. We will also analyze literary and filmic texts that express dissident viewpoints in the 20th century as well as the contemporary scene. In conjunction with these texts, we will discuss an array of online articles that deal with analyzed authors and/or issues that serve as context and counterpoint to these narratives. Texts analyzed will include Tetê Moraes's and Paulo Sacramento's documentaries, MST's poetry and songs, inmates' literature, or Carolina Maria de Jesus's narratives. (PGSE 0320 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
Fall 2010, Spring 2014
PGSE 0410 - Romantic Poetry 19th-c. Brazil
Romantic Poetry and Vocal Performances in Nineteenth-Century Brazil
References to sound, voice, and music abound in Brazilian Romanticism. However, the sonic aspect of poetry reading is often forgotten when critics analyze Romantic aesthetics. In this course we will focus on how Romantics represented sound production and vocal performances and on their indications of how poems should be read aloud. Our objective is to reconstruct the Romantic scene of poetry reading and listening in order to create our own vocal performances of the poems. We will draw theoretical background from diverse writers, such as Gregory Nagy, Adriana Cavarero, and Mladen Dolar. Poets analyzed may include (but are not limited to) Castro Alves, Casimiro de Abreu, and Raimundo Correia. (0300-level course or higher) 3 hrs. lect./disc.
PGSE 0420 - Writers Reflect On Writing
In this course we will examine how Brazilian authors represent fictional writing in their narratives, focusing on works by Graciliano Ramos, Osman Lins, Jorge Amado, and Chico Buarque de Hollanda, among others. In following their portrayal of fictional writing, we will consider topics such as the acquisition of skills by writers, the relation of aspiring writers to literary traditions, the relationship between critics and authors, the institution of literature through the Brazilian Academy of Letters, and the post-modernist configurations of writing. (Students with one 0300-level course, concurrently taking a 0300-level course, or by approval). 3 hrs. sem.AAL LIT
PGSE 0500 - Independent Study ▲ ▹
Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014