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César Braga-Pinto

Department Chair, Professor

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, U.C. Berkeley

César Braga-Pinto is a Professor of Brazilian, Lusophone African and Comparative Literature at Northwestern University. He is the author of A Violência das Letras: Amizade e inimizade na literatura brasileira (1888-1940) (EdUERJ, 2018) and As Promessas da História: Discursos Proféticos e Assimilação no Brasil Colonial (2003), and the editor of Ligeiros Traços: escritos de juventude de José Lins do Rego (2007) and À Procura de Saúde: crônicas de um doente/ In Search of Health: chronicles of a sick man (2015). He also co-edited with Fatima Mendonça a collection of early 20th-century Mozambican journalism writings entitled João Albasini e as luzes de Nwandzenguele: literatura e política em Moçambique 1908-1922 (2014). 

Recent and forthcoming publications include

  • “The Pleasures of Imitation: Gabriel Tarde, Oscar Wilde and João do Rio in Brazil’s Long Fin de siècle.” Comparative Literature Studies.
  • “Extravagants, Eccentrics and Deviants in the Brazil Belle Epoque; or, how João do Rio emulated Oscar Wilde.” Special Issue of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: “Absolutely Modern: The Uses of Oscar Wilde in Latin American Literature and Culture.” [40 manusc. pages] Forthcoming.
  • “Sexualidades extra-vagantes: João do Rio, emulador de Oscar Wilde.” Revista da Abralic – Associação Brasileira de Literatura Comparada.” Forthcoming.
  • “De Pureza (1937) a Pureza (1940): José Lins do Rego e o Cinema de Chianca de Garcia.” Revista do Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros 70, Aug. 2018. 249-269.”
  • "From Abolitionism to Black Face: the Vicissitudes of Uncle Tom in Brazil." (The Transnational Histories of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Tracy Davis and Stefka Mihaylova. University of Michigan Press, 2016).
  • "Clarice Lispector and the Latin American Bang." (Teaching the Latin American Boom, MLA Options for Teaching, 2015);
  • “Darwinism, Max Nordau and Raul Pompeia’s Struggle for Existence.” Foreword to The Athaeneum. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015. pp. vii-xvii.
  • "Othello's Pathologies: Reading Adolfo Caminha with Lombroso" (Comparative Literature, 2014);
  • "The Honor of the Abolitionist and the Shamefulness of Slavery: Raul Pompeia, Luiz Gama and Joaquim Nabuco."Luso-Brazilian Review (2014). 
  • “Time and Alterity in Padre Antônio Vieira’s History of the Future”. (Portuguese Studies Review); and "A Paris de Nestor Vitor e o mundo de Pascale Casanova" (Remate de Males). 

Professor Braga-Pinto has previously taught at Rutgers University and was a visiting professor at Columbia University and at the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) as a Fulbright Scholar. He was also a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Brazil Institute at King's College in London (2013) and a post-doctoral fellow at University of São Paulo (2006-2007). In 2005 he participated in the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Summer Institute on African Cinema in Dakar, Senegal. 

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