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Objectives and historical brief

The Postgraduate Program in Literature – PÓSLIT – UnB/ TEL/ IL aims to:

  1. promote scientific competence, contributing to the training of teachers, researches and other high-level professionals;
  2. promote research and reflections on the relationship between literature and social practices and the production and reception of literature as a social practice;
  3. study the aesthetic trends and theoretical approaches to literature, including contemporary production, especially in the following aspects: the representation of conflict and culture breakdown; the representation of marginal groups, the relationship of literature with other arts and other fields of knowledge; the relationship between the literary production of the peripheral countries and the economic and cultural hegemony of the central countries; the relationship between literary historiography and ideology;
  4. question the postmodern subject in literary representation;
  5. study the transformation of the concept of literature, including the relationship between contemporary art and the Eastern and Western canon;
  6. promote the integration of Graduate with Graduation;
  7. promote cultural and educational activities in relation to the resulting reflections of research.                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Created in 1975 (historical documents available in the Cerrados Journal- volume.14, number 19/ 2005 : http://periodicos.unb.br/index.php/cerrados/issue/view/1077) the Postgraduate Program in Literature of UnB, the highest score Midwest Program in its area of expertise by Capes, is confirming its commitment to adapt to contemporary conditions of generation and dissemination of knowledge focusing on regional, national and international integration . This is proved mainly by inter- and transdisciplinary nature of the research and education developed by the Program, whose area of concentration is entitled Literature and Social Practices and offers research on five fronts called research lines, namely:
  Literary Criticism Dialectic
  Literary Comparative Studies
  Literature and Other Arts
  Representation in Contemporary Literature
  Textualities: Fom Reading to Writing

(In the Menu “Research” the link “Research Lines” presents teachers of each line with the respective axes of interest.)

In 2015, the Póslit (Postgraduate Program in Literature) completed 40 years of uninterrupted activities by research in literature in the country, and especially in the now four-year period in progress has been engaged in thinking quality to increase targets from the area of concentration ‘literature and social practices’ with active actions developed in the five research lines. For 2015, it was designed to carry out specific activities in each line, which are coordinated by a professor elected by their peers. Such activities contemplated the evaluation of internal performance and making public every academic product – dissertations, theses, essays and others- developed within each, through seminars. It is noteworthy that the structural organicity has been maintained, as each representative professor is a member of the Postgraduate Commission.

In recent years, since 2005, Póslit has worked for a Regulation that provides a more agile academic stream. The minimum number of credits required for the Master and Ph.D. Programs is now respectively 16 and 24 credits, replacing the configuration that was for 30 years until 2005 (which required double credits). This modification was undertaken in line with the CEPS 91/2004 resolution that indicates the minimum number of credits to postgraduate courses at the University of Brasilia.

As for the registered research groups in the CNPq directory, they are directly linked to the research lines, with the integration between graduate and undergraduate programs through the Scientific Initiation Program – PIBIC – and the provision of teaching internship disciplines. Through guided activities of doctoral students in these disciplines the bond of academic standards is demonstrated by encouraging the training of young researchers.

Main points and highlights of the Póslit-UnB

  • The Program has worked effectively in the Midwest seeking the integration of graduate programs in the region. We remind that for the first time since its creation of the National Association of Postgraduate Studies and Research in Letters and Linguistics – ANPOLL had a board of the Midwest in the 2006/2008 management, with President and then coordinator of Póslit-UnB, Professor Rogerio Lima and, as treasurer, the Head of Department of Literary Theory, at the time, Professor André Luís Gomes, in turn, he was elected to the Coordination of the Program for management 2011/2012. The representation has brought many benefits and visibility for the Póslit, which has been engaged since then on to live up to this central responsibility, having contributed to the creation of CO2 Network (Rede CO2).
  • For academic and administrative support, the Program included the vice-coordinator role in its regulation, a position which has already been occupied by Professor Sylvia Cyntrão, the current coordinator. 
  • Aiming to organic unity, with an emphasis on group activities, the Póslit has contributed to the partial results of the research which have already presence and influence in the community of the Program and have given return to the Program as a referential character at national and international level in certain approaches to literary studies nowadays. A work optimization in progress is not a silent process, but explicit and public, because of it the Poslit has been intensified by the realization of events, with the presence of renowned researchers from other institutions, such as the Sorbonne, the University of Rennes II, the University La Rochelle, the University of Poitiers ( France), the University of Madeira (Portugal), the University of Krakow (Poland), the Metropolitan University of Sciences of Education of Chile, USP, UFMT, UFG and UFGD.
  • Since 2013, the Program delivered the project “Permanent Forum of Postgraduate Programs of the Institute of Letters”, approved by the Institute Council and implemented by the Direction of the Institute, in 2014, with the original members the direction of the IL, the coordinators and vice-coordinators of the Programs. Aiming to discuss successful experiences across and weaknesses to be corrected, seven intensive meetings have been held for this purpose, one extended to all professors, students and technical and administrative agents with the presence of Prof. Demerval da Hora, who pointed course corrections and inspiration to qualitative growth.
  • All mentioned aspects have contributed to the Program consolidates a mature, consistent and dynamic profile, in which the security of maturity enables critical dialogue with other fields of knowledge and several innovations, as it was the creation of eight (8) Research laboratories linked to Research Groups, each one with its own physical space. 

Program coordinators – from 1996 to 2016

  • Hermenegildo Bastos – PhD in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature – 1996-1998 and 2001-2003
  • Rogério da Silva Lima – PhD in Science of Literature – 2003-2005 and 2005-2007.
  • John Vianney C. Nuto – PhD in Comparative Studies of Portuguese Language Literature – 2007-2009 and 2009-2011.
  • André Luís Gomes – PhD in Brazilian Literature – 2011-2013.
  • Piero L. Zanetti Eyben – PhD in Literary Theory and Literature – 2013-2015.
  • Sylvia Helena Cyntrão – PhD in Brazilian Literature – 2015 – …



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