Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Language Studies and Literature

Master´s Degree 

The Master’s Degree in Language Studies and Literature is a two-year program. The first year is divided into 3 terms with a break between them, and it is dedicated to all classroom credits. The second year is devoted to the thesis. Courses take place on Thursdays and Fridays, morning and afternoon shifts.


The Doctorate is a four-year program. The first two years, divided into 4-month terms, are dedicated to all classroom credits. The third and fourth year are devoted to the dissertation. The courses take place on Mondays and Tuesdays, morning and afternoon shifts.


Course Curriculum – Master´s Degree and Doctorate


Specific Courses for Doctorate (according to Line of Research)


Line of Research: Literary and media studies


Literary Narratives and Hermeneutics (3 credits) – Study of literary narratives, selected from an author or specific topics, according to the hermeneutic perspective. Relations between literary narratives and hermeneutics as interpreting activities constitutive of the human being. The hermeneutic philosophy and the world experience by the language.

Prof. Eunice Terezinha Piazza Gai

Media Epistemology (3 credits) – Nature and concept of media. The media phenomenon and the perspectives of approach. Epistemological boundaries. Media as narrative. Mediatization as a hermeneutic key to understand the centrality of the media in the contemporary world.

Prof. Fabiana Piccinin / Prof. Demétrio de Azeredo Soster  

Comparative Literature (3 credits) – Historical overview and contemporary trends of Comparative Literature. The comparison in Brazil and in Latin America. Theoretical-conceptual aspects of the comparative critical discourse. Intertextuality and interdisciplinarity as perspectives of literary and cultural analysis. The literature and its theoretical and disciplinary interfaces.

Prof. Ana Claudia Munari

Critical Theory and modernity (3 credits) – The Frankfurt School and the criticism of the instrumental rationality. Analysis of the processes of non-identity domination. Adornment and the criticism of aesthetics. The non-mimesis and the negative dialectics. Cultural industry and identity totalization.


Line of Research: Linguistic studies and cognition


Reading: learning, difficulties and expertise (3 credits) – The state of the art of research about cognitive processes underlying reading. Reading learning process and cognitive changes due to this learning: executive functions, memories and neural specialization. Difficulties in learning to read and dyslexia: socioeconomic factors, neuroanatomy, theories and remediation. Reading process in a proficient reader. Parte inferior do formulário

Prof. Rosângela Gabriel

Linguistic and cognitive aspects of learning (3 credits) – Study of theories and linguistic and cognitive models that seek to explain the processes of learning and teaching reading.

Prof. Ana Cristina Pelosi                   

Advanced topics in Argumentation Theory (3 credits) – Study of some current approaches to three traditional topics of the Argumentation theory: topoi or argumentation places, fallacies, role of the emotions in argumentation.

Reading and writing systems (3 credits) – The link between the writing system and reading learning process. Orthographic and non-orthographic systems. Opaque orthographic systems (deep), medium opacity and transparent systems (shallow). The brain routes for reading. The Matthew effect and the reading difficulties in children, pre-teenagers, teenagers and adults. Reading difficulties and/or developmental dyslexia (evolving). Identification and analysis of the inabilities in distinct age groups of non-fluent learners of Brazilian Portuguese language. 

Prof. Onici Claro Flôres


Elective courses: common to Master´s Degree and Doctorate


Line of Research: Literary and media studies


Aesthetics Theories (3cr.) (mandatory for Master´s Degree) – The course addresses the topic of knowledge and its relation with the aesthetics. It starts from reflections about the nature and functions of art, and discusses the concepts of art as inspiration and as knowledge. It discusses issues related to hermeneutics, irony and skepticism, and psychoanalysis. It foresees the interpretation of literary texts.

Prof. Eunice Piazza Gai

Childhood, reading and teaching (3cr.) – Conceptions of childhood. Literary production for childhood. The fantasy and the reader´s space in the artistic text. Reading and school. Reader development and teaching. Reading and methodological conceptions.

Prof. Rosane Maria Cardoso

Reading and Virtualization (3cr.) - Processes of cognition/subjectivity. Cognition from the perspective of complexity. Reality/cognition and cognitive subject. The virtualization approach of human language by reading and self-narratives.

Prof. Nize Pellanda

Reading and Poetry (3cr.) - Poetic knowledge: between enjoyment and cognition. Approaching the poetic resonance and repercussion within processes of reverie and imaginary provoked by images, reaching the reader's subjectivity.

Contemporary Hispanic-American narrative (3cr.) – The Hispanic-American narrative between the 20th and 21st centuries: boom, post-boom, rewritings, localism and globalization. Narrative and trauma. Subjectivity and memory. Conflict and literary language. Biography, autobiography and fiction.

Prof. Rosane Cardoso

Hyper-reading:  text and reader (2cr.) - Brief history of reading practices: media, texts and readers. Reading and digital culture: digital text, hypertext and hypermedia. Converging theories for observation of hyper-reading: interart practices, transtextual relations, intermediality and transmediality; language and multimodality. Literature and hyper-reading.

Prof. Ana Claudia Munari Domingos

Literary Theory (3cr.) – Statute of literature and literary field. Literary language and literality. Literary genres. Study of the main theoretical approaches in literature to understand the literary phenomenon. Topics of literary criticism.

Prof. Rafael Eisinger Guimarães

Narrative, image and contemporaneity (2cr.) - Imagistic narrative and possible narratives of real. The narrator in audio and video. The contemporary image and the hybridization of fiction and documentary. Audiovisual languages in the media: video, TV, movies, documentary, webvideo.

Prof. Fabiana Piccinin

Narratives of identity and alterity (2 cred.) - The course aims to discuss the concepts of identity and alterity, particularly regarding ethnic, cultural and genre background by elaborating and problematizing literary as well as communicational narratives. Therefore, the theoretical reference is derived from post-structuralism, genre studies and postcolonial thought.

Prof. Rafael Eisinger Guimarães

Journalism and literature (2cr.) - Intersections between literary and journalistic narratives. The story-books and bibliographies of journalistic nature. The journalistic narrative in the book. The mediatized journalism. Theoretical, procedural and analytical reconfigurations in making contemporary journalism.

Prof. Demétrio Soster

Epistemology and research methods (2cr.) – Epistemology: introducing issues about knowledge, modernity, literature and language. The issue of knowledge on the modern and contemporary philosophical thought. Ideology and literature. Research methodologies: let the object talk. Structure and dynamics of scientific work.


Line of Research: Linguistic studies and cognition


Reading and language (3cr. – mandatory for Master´s Degree) - The links between acquisition of reading skills (conscious) versus language acquisition (incidental). Basic requirements for the development of reading/writing ability. The role of Linguistic Awareness - phonological, lexical (visual word recognition), morphologic, syntactic, textual and pragmatic awareness. Metalinguistic awareness. Reading and context: from decoding to understanding. Parental beliefs (community) and its influence on the reading learning process and textual interpretation/comprehension.

Prof. Onici Claro Flôres

Metaphors, cognition and textual genres (3cr.) – Study of the metaphor theoretical-methodological approaches such as cognitive linguistic, and the discourse analysis approach according to the metaphor with emphasis on the role that the metaphor plays in the emergence of meanings on the comprehension of different textual genres, and on implications for teaching/learning reading.

Prof. Ana Cristina Pelosi

Epistemology of complexity (3cr.) – Studies to cope with a complex demand for an epistemology that needs to worry about forgotten or ignored dimensions of reality, or because they did not receive the proper epistemic/ontological attention in the modern paradigm. They dimensions are: narrativity, digital and media space, sacred space understood here as the capacity of connectivity. Think systematically on the ontoepistemic potential of each dimension according to the complexity assumptions. 

Prof. Nize Pellanda

Rhetoric and Argumentation Theory (3cr.) – The Old Rhetoric system. Rhetoric history. Rhetoric, Dialectics and Logic in the old and medieval thinking. Contemporary rediscovery of studies about argumentation. The New Rhetoric. Toulmin Model.  The Pragma-dialectics. The argumentation theory in the language and its different phases.

Enunciation in perspective (3cr.) - Enunciation within structuralism framework. The Theory of Enunciation and the enunciation process. The Argumentation Theory in Language and the product of enunciation. The study of discourse from enunciative theories.

Prof. Cristiane Dall Cortivo Lebler


Linguistic Theories (2cr.) – Study of issues and theoretical and applied problems relevant to linguistic chains: Structuralism, Generativism, Functionalism, Theories of Enunciation and Cognitive Linguistics.

Prof. Cristiane Dall Cortivo Lebler

Cognitive aspects of reading (3cr.) - Language and cognition and its implications for reading comprehension. Analysis of the relation between memory and learning, considering   linguistic and cultural previous knowledge. 

Prof. Rosângela Gabriel

Epistemology and research methods (2cr.) – Epistemology: introducing issues about knowledge, modernity, literature and language. The issue of knowledge on the modern and contemporary philosophical thought. Ideology and literature. Research methodologies: let the object talk. Structure and dynamics of scientific work.

Advanced Seminars: Annually, seminars will be taught by PPGL professors or invited professors, who will address topics related to the area of concentration and lines of research. This is a space of flexibility within the program structure for interesting topics related to ongoing research.



How the program works


Master´s Degree: Students must complete 30 credits, from which 24 are related to courses and 6 of them focus on the thesis, as organized below:

  • Mandatory Courses: Students must fully complete these courses, numbering 6 credits.
  • In order to complete the 18 credits left, students must attend Elective Courses of 2 and 3 credits (Elective, Special Topics) and Advanced Seminars, following the schedule offered every term and the line of research they have chosen.


Doctorate: Students must complete 48 credits, being 36 related to courses, 4 related to extracurricular activities (detailed below) and 8 credits focusing on the dissertation, as organized below:

  • Doctorate Specific Courses: Students must complete at least 6 credits.
  • In order to complete the 30 credits left, students must attend other courses offered, specific ones, common to Master´s Degree and Doctorate, as well as advanced seminars.


Extracurricular activities: Students can complete 4 credits in activities and publications, as follows: up to 2 credits in social practices, “extension” experiences in Linguistics, Literature and Media fields, being 0,5 credits related to extension projects per academic semester; up to 4 credits in publications of full text articles in qualified journals related to Linguistics, Modern Language and Literature and Art of Capes (A1 and B2), and book chapters – pedagogical or scientific content linked to research of the Program, being 1 credit per article/chapter published, with or without co-authorship; up to 2 credits in participation in events with work presentation (oral communication), being 0,5 per event. Students who do not complete credits in extracurricular activities may attend courses to complete the necessary credits to the Doctorate Program, in other words, 40 credits (36 credits in courses plus 4 in extracurricular activities – or courses).