The Postgraduate Program in Vernacular Letters (PPGLEV), offered at Master’s and Doctoral levels, was created in 1970 and comprises three concentration areas:

Portuguese Language

Brazilian Literature

Portuguese and African Literatures

PPGLEV aims at creating, developing and disseminating research studies on the Portuguese language and literatures written in Portuguese (in Brazil, Europe and Africa), as well as educating teachers, professors and researchers in this field.

By educating professionals through the articulation of its academic and teaching activities, PPGLEV seeks to reach out both public and private educational institutions that offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees throughout the country.

The research projects are organized around ten seamless integrated lines of inquiry that allow countinuous dialogue, resulting in a significant number of collaborative outputs:



1) Language and Society: Variation and Change

2) Studies on Semantics and Discourse Analysis

3) Language and Teaching

4) Language and Acoustics


1) Studies of Brazilian Narrative

2) Studies of Brazilian Poetry

3) Brazilian Literature: Interdisciplinary Studies


1) Portuguese and African Literatures: Relations between Culture and Art

2) Studies of Portuguese and African Poetry: Poetry and Poetics

3) Studies of Portuguese and African Narrative: Relations between Memory, History and Literature

PPGLEV’s admission capacity allows the annual intake of 40 Master’s students and 20 Doctoral’s students. The admission criteria include a specific knowledge written test, the presentation of a research project and a foreign language reading test. Twenty percent of the available places are reserved to individuals admitted through the institutional affirmative action policy: self-proclaimed afro-descendants and indigenous candidates.

Successful candidates can choose the courses to attend both in and out of the program. At the MA level he or she must take the minimum of six courses, two of which can be optionally taken in another post-graduate program. At the doctoral level the student can validate up to six courses taken at the MA level and take four extra courses, two of which necessarily in his/her concentration area.

PPGLEV offers the following courses:


History of the Portuguese Language

Portuguese Philology and Textual Criticism

Portuguese Language Varieties

Brazilian Portuguese

Portuguese Phonetics and Phonology

Portuguese Prosody

Portuguese Morphology

Portuguese Morphosyntactic and Lexical Diachrony

Portuguese Syntax

Issues on Syntax

Grammar and Discourse

Semantics and Pragmatics

Issues on Semantics

Issues on Pragmatics

Topics in Discourse Analysis and Textual Linguistics

The Teaching of Portuguese

Interface Studies I – Phonology/Morphology – Morphology/Syntax

Interface Studies II – Syntax/Semantics – Semantics/Discourse

Special Topics


Brazilian Contemporary Fiction

Brazilian Contemporary Poetry

Brazilian Post-Modernism

Studies of Literary Genres

Comparative Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Monographic Studies of Literary Works

Monographic Studies of Authors

The Literary Creation

Thematic Studies on Fiction

Thematic Studies on Poetry

Themes and Problems related to Brazilian Culture


Realism and Naturalism

Parnasianism, Simbolism, Impressionism


Modern Fiction (1922-1930 Generations)

Modern Poetry (1922-1930 Generations)

Recent Tendencies in Fiction

Poetics of Brazilian Literature


Contemporary Poetry

Contemporary Fiction

Contemporary Fiction II

Contemporary Fiction III

20th Century Poetry

19th Century Poetry

19th Century Narrative

Tradition, Modernity and Postmodernity

Text and Context

Literature and Culture

Literature and History

Themes and Problems related to Portuguese Literature

Writing Portugal

Re-thinking Africa: Dialogues between Culture and Art

Memory and History in African Fiction in Portuguese

African Poetry in Portuguese: Traditions and Ruptures

The Lyrical Tradition of Portuguese

“Lyric” Camões and his Readers

“Epic” Camões and his Readers

Fernando Pessoa’s Poetry and the Orpheus Generation

At the end of the second year of the program, the doctoral student must pass a qualifying exam. A year before the final submission the student also submits the project at a Seminar of Dissertations and Theses in Preparation, which is another important moment to assess the research and writing up progress.

In addition to the Master’s and Doctorate degrees, for more than two decades PPGLEV has been offering two postgraduate degrees at the specialization level: Specialization in Portuguese and African Literatures and Specialization in Literature for Children and Teenagers, with an annual intake of 60 candidates. The courses attract especially schoolteachers from public municipal, state and federal institutions.

A third contribution to society consists of dozens of extramural activities developed throughout the year: courses, projects and talks, under the coordination of the professors and with the participation of our MA and PhD students.

From a strict academic viewpoint, it is important to highlight the fact that PPGLEV has been hosting an increasing number of researchers from other institutions, to carry out post-doctoral studies under the supervision of our professionals.

Every semester, PPGLEV promotes several events in the Faculty of Letters at UFRJ, with the participation of researchers from different Brazilian and foreign institutions who visit us to take part in committees and other activities. PPGLEV also encourages students and professors to participate in national and international conferences and seminars.

Such interaction is facilitated by the existence of a large collaborative network involving other Brazilian institutions and long-term partnerships with universities in 16 nations all over the world: Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Cape Verde, Chile, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Mozambique, Portugal, Spain and United States. Since 2018, PPGLEV international activities have been related with the development of the research project “Voices and writings in the diffferent spaces of the Portuguese language”, with the support of CAPES-PrInt.

In order to disseminate their research results PPGLEV professors and students publish in important national and international journals, as well as printed or e-books. Furthermore, PPGLEV generates a substantial production of materials to support teaching at primary, secondary and higher education levels.

The editorial work developed by PPGLEV includes twelve project and laboratory websites, in addition to five journals:

Diadorim – Revista de Estudos Linguísticos e Literários

Mulemba – Revista Científica

Metamorfoses – Revista de Estudos Literários Luso-Afro-Brasileiros

Fórum de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea


In the last assessment exercise carried out by CAPES (Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), for the period 2013-2016, the program scored 6 on a scale of maximum 7, placing it among the few national postgraduate programs of excellence in this area.

Coordenação (en)

Coordenador: Prof. Dr. Adauri Bastos

Vice-coordenadora: Profa. Dra. Maria Eugenia Lammoglia 

Secretário: Renato Martins e Silva

Atendimento (en)

Além de atender por e-mail, a Secretaria do PPGLEV oferece atendimento telefônico e presencial de segunda a quinta-feira, das 13h às 17h, na sala F-319.

Endereço (en)

Programa de Pós-Graduação em Letras  (Letras Vernáculas)
Faculdade de Letras da UFRJ
Av. Horácio de Macedo, 2151
Sala F-319
Cidade Universitária — CEP 21941-917
Rio de Janeiro — RJ