Graduate Program LCC

Program Description

Since the 1970s, when the first graduate courses in letters were created in Brazil – and when PUC-Rio was the third institution in the country to offer a doctorate in the area – literary studies have featured as a core area of research and investigation, developing in line with the trends seen in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Taking a transdisciplinary approach, it developed rich interchanges with emerging critical theories and approaches and significantly diversified the scope of investigation in the field of letters. The faculty and alumni garnered considerable prestige in the Brazilian graduate education system and took the lead in debates about some key concepts and methodologies, with repercussions across the country.


The new Graduate Program in Literature, Culture, and Contemporaneity at PUC-Rio, offering both masters’ and doctoral courses, has its roots in these formative years and has broadened the range of transdiciplinary approaches, while also developing theoretical and critical conceptions firmly rooted in contemporaneity, and developing, in its faculty’s and graduate students’ research endeavors, a diverse array of subjects of investigation in the ambit of literature, culture, and other artistic languages.

 
The fact that the program has been awarded Grade 5 in its CAPES assessments since it was created is proof both of the innovative, multidisciplinary perspective it takes, meeting the educational needs of several different areas of the humanities and arts and contemporary demands for human resources to work in culture and aesthetic production, and of the high level of accomplishment of the professors who work on the program.


Candidates can join the Graduate Program in Literature, Culture, and Contemporaneity by applying for the Selection Process held every year, based on the criteria published in the regulations.

 
The Graduate Program in Literature, Culture, and Contemporaneity publishes a journal with national and international circulation, Semear, as part of the Cátedra Pe. António Vieira, and an online periodical, Escrita, edited by the graduate students themselves.

 
Objectives 
By ensuring consistent, well-structured articulation between the specific knowledge produced in each area of research and the transversality of the core epistemological perspectives in the single area of concentration that combines them, the Graduate Program in Literature, Culture, and Contemporaneity aims to meet the following objectives:


a) to offer graduate students a multidisciplinary education strongly articulated with the knowledge produced by the different areas of research and research projects, developing their capacity to think critically and proactively about contemporaneity and tradition  in the field of knowledge in question;

 
b) to welcome and encourage master’s and doctoral thesis projects that propose innovations in their theoretical and critical assumptions and in the range of research subjects covered;


c) to bring about opportunities for dialogue and intellectual, theoretical, and methodological exchange through core disciplines and activities taken by students in all the areas of research;


d) to promote the effective integration of the graduate program with the investigations pursued by the program’s research groups and projects through regular seminars on current research;


e) to encourage the participation of graduate students in extracurricular events, activities, and studies of relevance to their specialized training and their performance as researchers;


f) to train the students to teach in higher education and to make critical, proactive interventions in other levels of education and other professional fields connected to their area of graduate study.

 

Course Recognition


Master’s Program

 

 

 

Recognition: 122nd meeting of CTC-CAPES held from October 25 to 29, 2010. 
Assessment Grade 5
Qualification (title): Master in Letters

 

Doctoral Program

 

 

 

Recognition: 122nd meeting of CTC-CAPES held from October 25 to 29, 2010.
Assessment Grade 5
Qualification (title): Doctor in Letters

 

Requirements for being awarded the masters’ and doctoral degrees


Master’s 

  • to obtain at least 24 credits in graduate disciplines as part of a program of study approved by the supervisor;
  • to pass the qualifying exam (LET3014) by the end of the 3rd semester;
  • to have the master’s dissertation (LET3011) approved and to submit copies of said dissertation in accordance with the internal rules and regulations of PUC-Rio.
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Doctorate

  • to obtain a minimum of 36 credits, including up to 12 from the master’s degree course;
  • to pass the qualifying exam (LET3015) by the end of the 5th semester of the course;
  • to fulfill all the required activities;
  • to have the doctoral thesis (LET3021) approved and to submit copies of said thesis in accordance with the internal rules and regulations of PUC-Rio.

 


Program awarded Grade 5 in 2013 CAPES assessment

    

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Rua Marquês de São Vicente, 225, Gávea -
Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brasil - 22451-900

Departamento de Letras
Ed. Padre Leonel Franca - 3o. andar
(21) 3527.1770

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