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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 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). 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) and À Procura de Saúde: crônicas de um doente/ In Search of Health: chronicles of a sick man (2015).

 Currently professor Braga-Pinto is working on a book-project that deals with representations of male friendship and interracial sociability in fiction and essays written in the aftermath of the abolition of slavery in Brazil (roughly from 1888 to the early 1930’s). Portions of this research project have already been published as: "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). 

Other recent and forthcoming publications include:"From Abolitionism to Black Face: the Vicissitudes of Uncle Tom in Brazil." (The Transnational Histories of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Ed. 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); “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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