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Lusophone Literatures & Cultures

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst offers a graduate program in Lusophone Literatures and Cultures leading to the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees.

Portuguese is the sixth most spoken language in the world, and the most spoken language in South America. It is the language of more than 200 million people in many different countries, such as Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor, and parts of India and China. Portuguese is the language of Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago and of Machado de Assis, the most famous Brazilian writer. It's also the language of world-famous Brazilian musicians Caetano Veloso and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Areas of Concentration in Lusophone Literatures and Cultures:
  • Medieval and Renaissance Portuguese Literature and Culture
  • Modern Portuguese Literature and Culture
  • Early Brazilian Literature and Culture
  • Contemporary Brazilian Literature and Culture
  • Lusophone African Literature and Culture