The project of the Master’s Course in Literary Theory of Uniandrade was prepared by a group of doctoral and postdoctoral professors from several HEIs in the country in 2004-2005 and submitted for consideration at the end of 2005. Recommended by Capes, selective in 2006 and had the first group approved to begin their work in the second half of that year. At the beginning little known in the region, the Master’s course was respected for excellence in the teaching staff, the affiliations of teachers to renowned national and international associations, publications and their dedication to students, both as teachers and mentors. researches. Gradually the quality of the course began to be recognized in Curitiba and other regions of the state of Paraná and Santa Catarina, mainly, where most of the candidates come to a place in the course.
Regarding the research, the proposal for the creation of the Master’s in Letters from Uniandrade also considered the need for internal and external expansion of the researches being developed in the Institution. In this sense, it should be emphasized that the institutional policy related to the postgraduate course implemented in recent years through the hiring of qualified teachers, the strengthening of the library, laboratories and infrastructure, prepared the ground to enable research at a more advanced level . From its idealization, in addition to the focus on the development of the research and the researcher, the Master’s project aimed at deepening the critical capacity and the expansion of the theoretical instruments of the academics, thus providing subsidies for a more solid intellectual development for professionals in Letters and related areas, in view of two other priority purposes: the adequate preparation of masters for the work in the higher teaching and the deepening of the capacity of critical reading of them, in tune with the discussions of the contemporary world.
The activities of the Master have turned to the role of the main lines and currents of criticism and literary theory, focusing on Brazilian and foreign literature, literature and its links with history, philosophy, politics, reinforcing the social nuance and expanding the artistic space of literature. In addition, the course was grounded on a wide range of cross-language, which characterizes the current discussion of literary theory. Thus, the course offers a range of theoretical approaches that, starting from literary studies, will cover the most up-to-date discussions on cultural criticism and other versions of culturalism stemming from interrelated approaches to postmodernity. That is, the objective was to discuss, through the disciplines offered and the research, the various possibilities of literary approaches and their relations with culture, history, other arts and theory itself, whether in their traditional or formulated approaches in the last decades.
Therefore, it was intended, from a broad vision of the literary phenomenon, to offer to the masters a range of knowledge, information and research tools, with standard of quality comparable to the recommended master’s courses of the country. To accomplish this task, contemporary literary texts would be analyzed alongside specific theoretical readings. In order to establish bridges between the various theories and social practices, the faculty of this course emphasized, from its inception, the relations between literary and cultural artifacts, and society with its diversified cultural facets. In this sense, it was intended to offer students a broad approach to the effects of the market and industrialization in cultural environments, whose approaches would enable the definition, with propriety and justification, of the role and place of contemporary literary production and reception.