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Director of Latin American Institute Teaches Short Course in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.
Randal Johnson in Globo Universidade (Photo by Globo Universidade)

Director of Latin American Institute Teaches Short Course in Rio de Janerio, Brazil.

From August 18 to 22, 2008, Professor Randal Johnson, Director of the UCLA Latin American Institute, taught a short course on literature, cinema, and television at the Globo Universidade and the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in collaboration with Globo Universidade.

One of the main goals of Globo Universidade is to promote the exchange of ideas and knowledge between TV Globo (Brazil’s most important television network) and both, Brazilian and international universities.  Local and international researchers and experts on film and television and Brazilian culture are invited to participate in conferences, seminars and lectures offered to students who are interested on enhancing their future careers on the media. As part of Globo Universidade’s activities, Professor Johnson from the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese taught a 15-hour short course titled “Literature, Film and Television” which dealt with multiple aspects of the relations between literature and diverse audiovisual media. At the end of the course, the students had to submit an essay in order to receive university credit.

On the first day, Professor Johnson spoke on general questions of cinematic and television adaptation. The second class was based on the Brazilian modernist movement and political films, using as examples the films Vidas Secas, directed by Nelson Pereira dos Santos, and Macunaima, directed by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade.


The third course focused on relations between film and theater, exemplified by different cinematographic adaptations of Shakespeare’s Othello as well as two films from Portugal. The fourth class showcased the work of Portuguese filmmakers Manoel de Oliveira, João César Monteiro, and Fernando Lopes. The final class concerned the adaptation of literary works to television series, discussing stylistically similarities between film and television. A case study was the miniseries Os Maias, produced by Rede Globo and directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho, a miniseries based on a classic novel by Portuguese writer Eça de Queiroz).

A more detailed summary of the course can be found on the Globo Universidade website.



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