Introduction | Coordinating Commission | Research Areas | Rules | Financing | Capes Evaluation | Structure | Admissions | Post-Doctorate | International Cooperation



The Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature of the University of São Paulo offers master and doctoral courses and receives students from all of Brazil and abroad. Between 1971 and 2020, the Program conferred degrees to 549 graduate students: 313 M.A.'s and 236 Ph.D.'s. The faculty of the Graduate Program is primarily comprised of professors of the Brazilian Literature Area of the Department of Classical and Vernacular Languages and Literatures. Professors from other departments of the University of São Paulo also participate in the graduate program, as do visiting professors from Brazilian and international universities. In recent years, the Program has fostered graduate and post-doctoral research.

Admission to the master and doctorate programs is based on an examination process, the criteria of which are defined in public notices published annually. The Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature (PPG-LB) is recognized by CAPES, having earned a grade 5 in the evaluation for the 2013-2016 quadrennium. The program's breadth is also expressed by its four research areas - Poetry in Brazil; Prose in Brazil; Historiography and literary criticism; Literature, other arts and disciplines –, as well as in the variety and scope of the projects in progress.



Since its creation in 1971, the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature (PPG-LB) has been a point of reference and excellence for research in the area, aiming to reconcile the qualification of the domestic debate around Brazilian studies with the effort of internationalization.

The Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature distinguishes itself by the formation of masters and doctors prepared to perform in higher education, as well as researchers capable of investigations in various sectors of Brazilian literary production. The Program is committed to the formation of human resources, having been, historically, responsible for the qualification of professors who act today in important domestic and international Letters programs.

The goal of the PPG-LB is to maintain its space for the development of varied projects with diverse critical and theoretical directions, respecting the scientific rigor and the parameters of the specific discipline, with leaders ready to take responsibility for the intellectual guidance of the projects. The amplitude of the PPG-LB is demonstrated in its areas of research and the variety of its projects, while abstaining from exclusivity in terms of a specific hermeneutic orientation.

This is the only program in the country that specifically calls itself “Brazilian Literature”. This uniqueness creates a particular position of responsibility in the academic context. As with other disciplines leaning toward Brazilian studies, it is characterized by the need to be able to continually strengthen its internationalization, searching for partnerships with Brazilianists and other researchers at centers of excellence. Moreover, it implies an attitude of commitment and cooperation with academic programs in Latin America and in countries with Lusophone heritage.

Among the qualities that contribute to develop this expectation are: the mature continuity of production of books and articles dedicated to the sustaining of a highly demanding debate, constantly strengthened by interlocutors inside and outside the country at events and in publications; the productive relationship of professors with former leaders, maintaining incentivized bonds between them, staving off sterile competition; the capacity for creation and renewal of historiographic and critical categories which go on to be adopted by researchers inside and outside of the country.

As an integral part of the Department of Classical and Vernacular Letters, the Brazilian Literature Area is in close communication with other areas and departments of the School of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences, fostering a favorable environment for interdisciplinary studies and practices. On the other hand, the PPG-LB has been expanding its international presence in recent years by means of accords with universities in Europe, North America and Africa, from which it constantly receives candidates interested in developing research on Brazilian works and authors.

Since 2003, there was significant renewal of the faculty, with the hiring of permanent professors in RDIDP, or Regime de Dedicação Integral à Docência e à Pesquisa [Regime of Full Dedication to Teaching and Research].

The entry of new professors in the area of Brazilian Literature in recent years has allowed improvement in the student-to-faculty ratio. The renewal and the expansion of the cadre of professors of the section has also led to the productive coexistence of professors of different generations, facilitating high quality intellectual exchanges.

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Coordinating Commission (CCP-LB)

Prof. Dr. Erwin Torralbo Gimenez (Coordinator)

Prof. Dr. Fabio Cesar Alves (Vice-coordinator)

Prof. Dr. Augusto Massi

Prof. Dr. Jefferson Agostini Mello 

Eduardo Marinho da Silva (Student representative)

Mariana Diniz Mendes (Student representative)


Self-evaluation commission

Prof. Dr. Erwin Torralbo Gimenez

Prof. Dr. Fabio Cesar Alves

Prof. Dr. Marcos Flamínio Peres 

Prof. Dr. Jefferson Agostini Mello

Prof. Dr. Ivan Marques

Profa. Dra. Eliane Robert Moraes

Eduardo Marinho da Silva

Roberta Andressa Villa Gonçalves  (Graduate Student)

Vera Mendes (Secretary DLCV - USP​​​​​​​)

​Milena de Oliveira (Intern - PPG)​​​​​​​


Attributions of the CCP, as provided in the University Graduate Regulations:

• to propose to the Graduate Commission of the School of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences the appointment and re-appointment of disciplines and their officers,

• to establish the criteria for appointing and re-appointing supervisors and co-supervisors, as well as the term of those appointments.

• to organize and to coordinate the selection process of the Graduate Program and to assign members of selection commission when necessary;

• to deliberate on change of supervisor.

• to deliberate on the student terminations.

• to deliberate on requests for honoring of credits obtained in courses taken outside of USP.

• to deliberate on the registration of special students, by approval of the professor responsible for the discipline.

• to assign the standing and substitute members of the examination commission for the qualification exam.

• to approve the examination commission's report on the qualification exam, within forty five days after the date of the exam.

• to suggest to the Graduate Commission (CPG), after a hearing of the supervisor, the composition of the judging commission for the defense of Master and Doctorate thesis.

• to propose to the CPG approval of reformulations in the courses and in the Program.

• to submit to the CPG requests for dropping registration, extension of period of study and transfer of Program and/or area of concentration.

• to submit to the CPG requests for alterations of frequency and grades.

• to analyze and to submit to the CPG the proposals of inter-institutional agreements and other items related to the Program.

• to coordinate the execution of the programs and agreements made with sponsoring agencies.

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Research areas

The activities of the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature are organized around four research areas, namely:

1. Poetry in Brazil

The study of the fundamental authors of Brazilian poetry prioritizing the debate on tradition and modernity in contextual and comparative approaches.


2. Prose in Brazil

The study of fundamental nineteenth and twentieth century authors, focusing on the elaboration and debate of critical perspectives for the interpretation of fictional prose in Brazil.


3. Historiography and Literary Criticism

Research on trends and categories of historiography and literary criticism in Brazil dealing with the relationships between literature, culture and politics; the canon, literary formation and modernization


4. Literature, the other Arts and Disciplines

Interdisciplinary studies that articulate the relationships between literature, psychoanalysis, music, theater, cinema and other audiovisual medias. Theories and approaches to cultural criticism.

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Get to know the General Regulations of the graduate programs at USP:


General Regulations on the gratuate programs at USP

Resolução nº 7493, de 27 de março de 2018. [Regimento Novo]



General Regulations on the gratuate programs at USP

Resolução nº 6542, de 18 de abril de 2013. [Regimento Antigo]



Regulations of the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literatura

Resolução CoPGr nº 8062, de 26 de fevereiro de 2021. [Regimento Novo]


Regulations of the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literatura

Resolução CoPGr nº 6952, de 13 de outubro de 2014 [Regimento Antigo].



Regulations of the "Programa de Apoio à Pós-Graduação" - PROAP-Capes

Portaria nº 156, de 28 de novembro de 2014.


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The program is financed by the following sponsoring agencies:


CAPES: Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior [Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel]


CNPq: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico [National Council for Scientific and Technological Development]

FAPESP: Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo [The São Paulo State Research Foundation]

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CAPES Evaluation

Since the beginning of the evaluation of the graduate courses by Capes, the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature was deemed a program of excellence, which means that it obtained grades of 6 and 7 in the triennial evaluations.

Currently, the program has a grade of 6, relative to the 2010-2012 triennium, classifying it among the Proex, Programs of Academic Excellency. Programs in the Proex receive a budget that can be used according to the priorities established by the programs themselves, in any of the modalities supported by CAPES: concession of scholarships, as well as the expenditure of resources to defray costs for investment in laboratories, elaboration of dissertations and thesis, travel, events and publications, among others. The scholarships granted in the scope of the Proex are managed by the graduate studies coordinators, who are responsible for the selection and fostering of scholarship recipients in accordance with CAPES directives.

The next evaluation will occur in 2016 for the 2013-2015 quadrennium.

See the evaluation form for Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature for the 2010-2012 triennium.

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The Master's course in Brazilian Literature consists of the fulfilment of 96 credits: 24 in disciplines and 72 related to the Master's dissertation. The Master's dissertation is the result of a supervised work in which the student is expected to demonstrate the ability to critically systematize the knowledge accumulated on the subject addressed and to use methods and techniques in the research of sources, as well as in the analysis and interpretation of texts related to the four research areas of the Program, aiming at academic or professional development in the area of Brazilian Literature. The maximum time allowed for completion of the Master's course is 30 months. The qualification exam is to take place at a time no later than 60% of the maximum stated period for the completion of the dissertation.


The doctorate in Brazilian Literature consists of 176 credits, 16 to be completed in disciplines and 160 related to the doctorate thesis. The Doctorate thesis is the result of a supervised work that represents an original contribution to the study of Brazilian literary production, aiming at academic or professional development, in accordance with the Program's four research areas. The maximum time allowed for completion of the Master's course is 54 months. The qualification exam is to take place at a time no later than completion of 60% of the maximum stated period for the dissertation.

Direct Doctorate

Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature only accepts the transfer to the Direct Doctorate of students who are registered in the Master's level, and who upon taking the Qualifying Exam have received the formal support of the majority of the members of the examination committee, provided the student still has time available for the fulfillment of all the requirements for completion of the Doctorate Program. The requirements for the direct doctorate are 192 credits, 32 of which must be fulfilled in disciplines and 160 in the thesis. The requirements for a doctoral thesis and a direct doctoral thesis are the same. In the direct doctoral course, the period for the completion of the thesis is 66 months.

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Selection process

The selection examination for the Master and Doctorate in the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature takes place annually and consists of three stages:

• Foreign Language Proficiency Exam

The foreign language proficiency examination is administered by the Language Center - FFLCH/USP. In order to obtain the schedule and procedures for registration and taking of the proficiency tests, the candidate must access the public notice for the desired test located on the Language Center's webpage: http://www.clinguas.fflch.usp.br.

• Specific Knowledge Test

The objective of the specific knowledge test is to evaluate the candidate's academic and intellectual formation, repertoire of readings of Brazilian Literature, critical and historical works, as well as the capacity to analyze and interpret literary texts.

• Oral exam on the Curriculum and the Research Project

Once the foreign language proficiency and written tests have been successfully completed, the candidate's curriculum vitae and project will be evaluated in an oral exam conducted by the Selection Process Commission, which is made up of professors in the Brazilian Literature Area.

Information about registration, number of vacancies and each of the three stages of the selection process are specified in the Graduate Program in Brazilian Literature's Public Notice, which is released annually.


Access the Public Notice: 

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Each year, the Brazilian Literature Program selects scholarship recipients for two post-doctorate openings, in compliance with the regulations of the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) National Post-Doctorate Program (Ordinance No. 086, enacted 7/3/2013).

One of the scholarships is granted preferentially to a faculty member or researcher in the country with an employment relationship, currently on leave, with a duration of up to 12 months, without the possibility for extension. The other scholarship will be granted preferentially to Brazilian or foreign candidates without an employment relationship ("a" and "b" modes), with the possibility of renewal for up to another 12 months.

The candidates should present the following:

- Research project related to one of the program's four lines of research (Poetry in Brazil; Prose in Brazil; Historiography and Literary Critique; Literature, the other arts and other areas of knowledge).

- Report from the faculty member responsible for supervision;

- Activity plan and timeline to be developed with the program;

- CV, Lattes version, or for foreigners, CV filled out in compliance with the orientations of the aforementioned Ordinance;

- Copy of a valid doctorate diploma in Brazil.

For the year 2017, you can register at the Linguistics, Classical and Vernacular Language Department Office from October 19 to November 11, 2016, personally or via mail (Av. Prof. Luciano Gualberto, 403 CEP: 05508-900 - Cidade Universitária São Paulo - SP / Brasil. Include the keywords "PNPD — Literatura Brasileira" on the envelope).

The evaluation of the documents and classification of the candidates will be completed by the program's Coordinating Commission by December 12, 2016.

The Ordinance that regulates the National Post-Doctorate Program (PNPD/CAPES) can be consulted at: http://www.capes.gov.br/images/stories/download/legislacao/Portaria_86_2013_Regulamento_PNPD.pdf

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International Cooperation

Information about agreements, exchanges and international relations at the USP School of Philosophy, Literature and Human Sciences can be accessed at the International Cooperation Commission website:


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