The elaboration of the program’s curricular proposal observed the large scope of criticism and literary theory in the spheres of thought and information, as, for example, to the forms of medium that promote the production of professionals from the area. It is possible to observe an increasing interest for the professional qualified in this area, as there are more and more means of information promoting it. Even the periodicity of scientific publications is becoming more frequent with electronic media. And print media has, in an expressive number, specialized journals in literature.
In the same way, the researches made by literary theory have been covering a wide area of knowledge. If there are poststructuralist lines of thought, with their interest for the knowledge produced by historiography, philosophy, psychology or psychoanalysis, by sociology, among other sciences, there is also a demand for the aesthetical investigation of the literary phenomenon, stimulated by the lines focused on textual reception. This is an investigation that also focuses on new languages and its interactions with literature. These lines are being incorporated by curricular programs in basic education and there is an increasing demand for the professional that enables graduates already performing at this teaching level. None of this could pass unnoticed by a program that has been aiming, since its beginning, to respond to emergency demands. The disciplines that compose the curricular matrix were articulated to correspond to a consistent training of the student body, coherently adjusted to the problematic of contemporary scientific production and to the deepening of researches that are of individual interests. All the disciplines are elective, and each advisor should indicate which ones must be attended by their advised students. Thus, the discipline offer encompasses the most plausible number of interested people, serving as a theoretical starting point for the development of dissertations and promoting the evolution of academic papers linked to the two lines of research of the program.
The emphasis of the first line of research, “Poetics of Contemporary Literary Productions”, lies on the specificities of literary art in present times, bringing to the surface the discussions regarding the reception of literary works and the relationships of dialogue and incorporation, when not of interdependency, established by the diverse forms of language encompassed by the arts. The second line of research, “Politics of subjectivity”, has, as a catalyst interest, the problematic surrounding the subject in post-modernity, and the ways through which literature and literary studies have been dealing with this theme. The third line of research, “Literature and Intermediality”, encompasses studies of literatures and other arts and media, such as cinema, theater, painting and music. The fourth line, entitled “Creative Writing”, approaches the process of textual creation in a critical way, encompassing the diverse literary genres (narrative, poetry and drama).
Seeking to attend to the deadlines recommended by CAPES, the flowchart of the master’s course in literary theory adopts the following politics of credits: the student taking the course must totalize 58 credits, which are necessary for the course conclusion. These credits are distributed in diverse activities, which are defined in the following way:
Disciplines: 24 credits in theoretical and elective disciplines offered by the course;
Scientific production and paper presentation in events: the Master’s student must publish two scientific articles in indexed journals and participate, with an oral exposition, in two events linked to the area. These activities totalize 4 credits; besides, the student has to give a lecture or a workshop about the theme of his or her research;
Master’s thesis: the activity totalizes 30 credits, subdivided in 12 credits for the paper’s qualifying examination and 18 credits for its defense.
The student will be able to use credits from other post-graduation programs, in case they are aligned with the lines of research of our program. 6 is the maximum quantity of credits to be used. Once inserted in the program, the Master’s student also develops activities of extension, as lectures and workshops that will be offered to other students. The interest here is the improvement of the abilities of the Master’s student in order to enable him/her to be a professor in higher education.
In a more specific way, the curricular structure determines the minimum requirement of the approval in 4 disciplines, which are worth 6 credits each. Thus, the Master’s student must take two disciplines in the first semester and two in the second. The approval in these disciplines will depend on obtaining the minimum of 7,0 in each one. During the year, the attendance in four disciplines enables the Master’s student to develop, simultaneously, the work of improvement of his/her research project. In the first semester of the second year, after having done the research and the preliminary readings, the Master’s student is oriented to start writing the preliminary text of the dissertation for the qualifying examination and posterior defense, which should happen between 24 and 30 months since the first day of classes in the first year.