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This NEH Seminar will focus on five major works of Brazilian urban fiction, basically from the twentieth century. Through a detailed examination of these works as literary texts that interpret the urban experience in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Curitiba, and Porto Alegre; the seminar will provide particiapnts with an important grounding in Brazilian literature. Participants will be college and university professors of Latin American studies, some of whom may have some familiarity with Brazil . The latter will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of Brazilian literature, while other participants will receive a solid introduction to Brazilian culture through major literary texts. Portuguese remains a critical language in the U.S., and both the seminar proper and the language workshop that will be an auxiliary part of the program will contribute toward addressing the critical lack of trained scholars in the field.

The seminar will be held in São Paulo, Brazil during the month of July 2013.


Dr. David William Foster
School of International Letters and Cultures
Arizona State University
PO Box 870202
Tempe, AZ 85287-0202
T: (480) 965-3752
F: (480) 965-0135