The project of the Master’s course in Literary Theory at UNIANDRADE, which was submitted for appreciation by the end of 2005, was elaborated by a group of post-doctoral professors, former faculty members of Brazilian and foreign higher education institutions. Recommended by CAPES, the program opened its first selective process in the second semester of 2006. At first little known in the region, the Master’s course gradually won academic recognition due to the prominence of its teaching staff, renowned for publications in high-level periodicals as a result of their membership affiliation to recognized national and international associations. The faculty’s dedication to their tutorial activities, mainly as thesis advisors, attracted candidates not only from Curitiba and but also from other regions of Paraná and Santa Catarina.
In relation to research, the proposal for the creation of the Master’s course in Letters in UNIANDRADE also considered the internal and external necessity of expansion of researches that were being developed in the institution. In this sense, it should be highlighted that institutional politics related to post-graduation implemented in the last years through the hiring of qualified professors, the strengthening of the library, the laboratories and the infrastructure, prepared the ground to facilitate researches at more advanced levels. Since its idealization, besides the focus on the development of research and researchers, the Master’s project aimed at the deepening of the critical capacity and expansion of the academicians’ theoretical tools, thus providing subsidies for a more solid intellectual development for professionals in the field of Letters and similar areas, bearing in mind two other priority objectives: the adequate preparation of masters for performing in higher education and the deepening of their critical reading abilities, in accordance with the discussions of the contemporary world.
The activities of the Master’s course turn to the role of the main lines and trends of criticism and literary theory, focusing Brazilian and foreign literature, literature and its relations to history, philosophy and politics, reinforcing the social nuance and broadening literature’s artistic space. Besides, the course was grounded on a broad range of language intersections, which characterize the current discussions regarding literary theory. Thus, the course offers a range of theoretical approaches that, from literary studies, will spread through the most up-to-date discussions around cultural criticism and other versions of culturalism resulting from approaches intertwined with post-modernity. That is, the aim was to debate, through the offered disciplines and researches, various possibilities of literary approaches and their relations with culture, history, with other arts and with the theory itself, whether in their traditional approaches or in approaches formulated in the last decades.
Therefore, the intent was, from a wide view of the literary phenomenon, to offer the Master’s students a range of knowledge, information and tools for research, with a quality pattern comparable to the most recommended master courses of the country. To perform this task, contemporary literary texts would be analyzed alongside with specific theoretical readings. Seeking to establish bridges between various theories and social practices, this course’s teaching staff emphasized, since its beginning, the relationships between literary and cultural artifacts, and society with its diversified cultural dimensions. In this sense, the intention was to offer students a wide approach of the effects of the market and the industrialization in cultural circles, whose focuses enabled the definition, with appropriateness and justification, of the role and the place of contemporary literary production and reception.
The disciplines of the Master’s Course are offered in the three periods of the day: morning, afternoon and evening, which enables students to choose the disciplines in the periods that are more convenient for them. From 2006 on, more than 250 bibliographical productions of the permanent teaching staff (including only books, book chapters, and complete articles published in periodicals), have been published. Since the first group concluded the course, in 2008, more than 100 thesis were concluded and defended, and the students participated in more than 200 events and published more than 200 articles in specialized journals and congress annals.
According to the last CAPES evaluation, in 2017, we received 14 “Very Good” grades and 12 “Good” grades, which are summarized in the Criteria for Evaluation as number 1. Purpose of the program – Good; 2. Teaching Staff – Good; 3. Alumni, Thesis and Dissertations – Very good; 4. Intellectual Production – Very good and 5. Social Insertion – Very Good, which attributed grade 4 to the Master’s Program and emphasizing the following items:
And the final appreciation is:
The PPG (Program of Post-Graduation) attends the quality criteria necessary for the attribution of grade 4. The criteria related to Alumni, Thesis and Dissertations was evaluated as “Good”. The teaching staff’s qualified productions (item 4.1) was classified as “Good” and the distribution of qualified production for each Program’s permanent professor (item 4.2) was evaluated as very good. In the other evaluation items the CTC-ES follows the area of evaluation. Therefore, the enlarged CTC-ES, in its 172 meeting, destined to evaluate the programs analyzed during the four-year period 2017, attributed grade 4 to the PPG. The Master’s Program annually promotes a Research Seminar, which is in its tenth edition. The program had already hosted an event of the Association of Irish Studies (ABEI in Portuguese) in 2015, and promoted, together with the Research Seminar, the First International Meeting in 2016, with the participation of students and professors of more than ten institutions of higher education in Brazil and abroad. The program’s objective is to host an International meeting every two years, and the next will happen in 2018.
The program also publishes two academic journals in the format Open Journal System: Scripta Uniandrade (B1), to which PhD researchers and doctoral students from other institutions of higher education send their papers for appreciation and possible publication, and the journal Scripta Alumni (B3), to which students from the institution or from other institutions of higher education send their papers, also for appreciation and possible publication. The journals have may indexers and can be found in the following electronic adresses: https://uniandrade.br/revistauniandrade/index.php/ScriptaUniandrade/index and http://uniandrade.br/revistauniandrade/index.php/ScriptaAlumni/index, respectively.