Luiz Fernando Valente Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Professor of Comparative Literature

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Professor Valente was educated in Brazil and the United States. His teaching and research interests include: 1. Brazilian narrative of the 19th and 20th centuries, with special emphasis on José de Alencar, João Guimarães Rosa, João Ubaldo Ribeiro, Euclides da Cunha, and Lima Barreto; 2. the relationship between fiction and history; 3. the construction of national identity and the representation of the nation; 4. comparative literature, particularly the modern historical novel and the literature of the Americas; 5. theory of literature, particularly the narrative; 6. Brazilian poetry since 1945. Professor Valente is co-founder and Co-Editor of Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature, Consulting Editor for Latin American Literature of The Explicator, and on the editorial boards of Luso-Brazilian ReviewEllipsis, SOLETRAS, and Aletria: Revista de Estudos de Literatura. Active in a variety of professional and scholarly organizations, Professor Valente is a past President of the American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA) and of the Northeastern Association of Brazilianists (NAB), and has on two separate occasions served on the Executive Committee of the Brazilian Studies Association (BRASA). He has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Division of Luso-Brazilian Literature of the Modern Language Association (MLA) twice, is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL), and is currently a delegate to the MLA General Assembly, representing the New England region.  In the summers of 1988 and 1993 he was Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. In the spring of 2009 he was named the Thomas Hawkins Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the US Military Academy (West Point). Professor Valente was Chair of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from 2003 to 2012. He has served as the Director of the Brown-in-Brazl Program since 1985.


Some recent publications: MUNDIVIVENCIAS: LEITURAS COMPARATIVAS DE GUIMARAES ROSA; "History, Fiction and National Identity in J. U. Ribeiro's 'An Invincible Memory' and R. Coover's 'The Public Burning'" (Latin American Studies Association/Brazil Section award for the best article on a Brazil-related topic published in a US scholarly journal in 2011); "The Refiguration of Brazil's Eighteenth Century in Romanceiro da Inconfidência";“From Synthesis to Difference: Lima Barreto’s Parodic Ufanismo,” "A poética intransitiva de Ferreira Gullar"; "'Estrelas indecifráveis': ciência e literatura em Euclides da Cunha"; "Distopia e utopia nas letras brasileiras da pós-modernidade"; "Paulo Freire: desenvolvimento como prática de liberdade"; "O romance brasileiro de revisitação colonial: o caso de Luiz Antônio de Assis Brasil"; "DeLillo's Techno-Humanism"


Courses offered:

* The Brazilian Puzzle: Confronting the Post-Colonial Legacy
* Que país é este?: Twentieth-Century Definitions of Brazil and Brazilianness
* Fiction and History
* A Comparative Introduction to the Literatures of the Americas
* Tales of the Sertão
* Nation and Narration
* Modern and Contemporary Brazilian Poetry

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

"From Yoknapatawpha to Piratininga and Beyond: Antônio Dutra's Dias de FaulknerHispania 98.2 (2015): 200-207. 

"Literatura e dissidência: Edward Said e E. L. Doctorow." O intelectual e o espaço público, ed. Renato Cordeiro Gomes and Izabel Margato. Belo Horizonte: UFMG Press, 2015.

"O desencanto com a república: Euclides da Cunha, Lima Barreto e Machado de Assis." Políticas da ficção, ed. Izabel Margato and Renato Cordeiro Gomes. Belo Horizomnte: UFMG Press, 2015.

"Gilberto Freire e a introducão da sociologia da medicina no Brasil." Conexões Letras 10.13 (2015): 15-31. http://seer.ufrgs.br/index.php/conexaoletras/article/view/55692/33846  

“Antonio Cicero e a poética das ruínas.” elyra: Revista Internacional Lyracompoetics 3 (2014). http://www.elyra.org/index.php/elyra/article/view/39/41

"Modernidad e identidad en Manoel Bomfim." Cuadernos de Literatura 35 (2014): 86-102.

"A poética intransitiva de Ferreira Gullar." elyra: Revista da Rede Internacional Lyracompoetics 2 (2013).             http://www.elyra.org/index.php/elyra/article/view/28

“Americanidade e latinoamericanidade na obra de Gilberto Freyre.” Antares: Letras e Humanidades 10 (July-December 2013): 105-114.

"Salgado Maranhão: Poetry and Resistance." elyra: Revista da Rede Internacional Lyracompoetics 1 (2013). http://elyra.org/index.php/elyra/article/view/12

"From Synthesis to Difference: Lima Barreto's Parodic Ufanismo," LIMA BARRETO: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES, ed. Lamonte Aidoo and Daniel Silva, NY: Lexington Books, 2013. 153-166.

"A refiguração da Conjuração Mineira em Romanceiro da Inconfidência de Cecília Meireles e Os Inconfidentes de Joaquim Pedro de Andrade," AULA DE LOS MEDIOS: POESIA, CINE Y FOTOGRAFIA EN EL SEMINARIO PERMANENTE, ARCADIA BABELICA, ed Pedro Serra. Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, 2012. 63-75.

"Afterword" to BLOOD OF THE SUN by Salgado Maranhão, trans. Alexis Levitin. Minneapolis: Milkweed, 2012. 147-151.

MUNDIVIVÊNCIAS: LEITURAS COMPARATIVAS DE JOÃO GUIMARÃES ROSA. Belo HorizOnte: UFMG Press, 2011.

"History, Fiction and National Identity in J. U. Ribeiro's An Invincible Memory and R. Coover's The Public Burning," Chásqui: Revistra de Literatura Latinoamericana 40.2 (May 2011). AWARDED BY THE BRAZIL SECTION OF LASA THE PRIZE FOR THE BEST ARTICLE ON BRAZIL PUBLISHED IN A US JOURNAL IN 201.

"The Refiguration of Brazil's Eighteenth Century in Romanceiro da Inconfidência." Luso-Brazilian Review 48.2 (2011): 98-111.

"O Brasil de Samuel Putnam." Letterature d'America 31:135 (2011): 37-49.

"'Estrelas indecifráveis': ciência e literatura em Euclides da Cunha," Verbo de Minas 8.16 (July/December, 2009): 125-141.

"Paulo Freire: desenvolvimento como prática de liberdade," Alceu: Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Política 9.18 (January/June, 2009): 186-197.

"DeLillo's Techno-Humanism," CROSSINGS AND CONTAMINATIONS: STUDIES IN COMPARATIVE LITERATURE. Ed. Eduardo F. Coutinho and Pina Coco. Rio de Janeiro: Aeroplano, 2009. 425-431.

"Distopia e utopia nas letras brasileiras da pós-modernidade," Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 69 (2009): 271-283.

"Os Sertões: entre a memória e a história." DISCURSO, CIÊNCiA E CONTROVÉRSIA EM EUCLIDES DA CUNHA. Ed. Leopoldo M. Bernucci. São Paulo: University of Paulo Press (EDUSP), 2008. 157-170.

"O romance brasileiro de revisitação colonial: o caso de Luiz Antônio de Assis Brasil," Brasil/Brazil 37 (2008): 73-89.

"Liminaridade e mediação em 'Campo Geral,'" Hispania, 91. 4. (2008): 757-764.

"Literatura e sociedade: uma volta nova no velho parafuso (R. W. Emerson, L. Trilling e M. Garber) LITERATURA E INTELECTUAIS. Ed. Lucia Helena. Rio de Janeiro: Contra Capa, 2007. 31-50

"'Nós outros, neo-ibéricos': o entre-lugar da identidade nacional no pensamento de Manoel Bomfim," Gragoatá: Revista do Programa de Pós-graduação em Letras (UFF) 22 (2007): 85-98.

"Literatura, globalização e a 'constelação pós-nacional." LITERATURA, UTOPIA E CRISE. Ed. Lucia Helena, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil, 2007, (CD). 81-95.

"William Carlos Williams and Carlos Drummond de Andrade: A Poetics of Generosity," Ellipsis 3 (2005): 7-19.

 “João Ubaldo Ribeiro: a ficção como história.” OBRAS SELETAS DE JOÃO UBALDO RIBEIRO. Ed. Zilá Bernd. Rio: Nova Aguilar, 2005. 181-201.

“Estudos brasileiros, multidisciplinaridade e globalização: o papel da Brazilian Studies Association.”ATAS DO VIII CONGRESSO DA ASSOCIAÇÃO BRASILEIRA DE LITERATURA COMPARADA (CD). Porto Alegre, 2005.

“O colégio eleitoral norte-americano: um anacronismo problemático,” Folha de São Paulo,  Caderno Mundo, October 28, 2004.

"O traço apolíneo de Salgado Maranhão," Alceu: Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Política 4.7 (July/December 2003): 141-149.

HISTÓRIA E FICÇÃO: CONVERGÊNCIAS E CONTRASTES. Registros do SEPLIC (Permanent Seminar in Comparative Literature) 12, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 2002.

"Machado's Wounded Males," Hispania 84.1 (March, 2001): 11-19.

"Re-membering the Nation: Antônio Callado's 'Sempreviva'," Romance Notes 42.1 (2001): 79-86.

"Brazilian Literature and Citizenship: From Euclides da Cunha to Marcos Dias," Luso-Brazilian Review 38.2 (Winter, 2001): 11-27.

 “Desencanto centenário.” PENSAR BRASIL. Ed. Clara Arreguy. Belo Horizonte: C/Arte, 2000.  80-82

"Canonizando Pagu," Letras de Hoje 33.3 (1998): 27-38.

"Entre Clio e Calíope: a construção da narrativa histórica em 'Os Sertões'," História, Ciências, Saúde: Manguinhos. V, supplement (July, 1998): 39-55.

"A construção da nação no discurso político de José de Alencar," Letterature d'America 17-18.73-74 (1997-1998): 103-124.

"'Marriages of Speaking and Hearing': Mediation and Response in Absalom, Absalom! and Grande Sertão: Veredas." The Faulkner Journal. 9.1/2 (1995-96): 149-164.

"O jornalismo de José de Alencar." PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRAZILIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION SECOND CONFERENCE. Ed. Edward A. Riedinger. Albuquerque: Brazilian Studies Association, 1995. 383-399.

“Situational Ethnic Selection in a Brazilian Studies Classroom." PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRAZILIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION SECOND CONFERENCE. Ed. Edward A. Riedinger. Albuquerque: Brazilian Studies Association, 1995. 400-405.

“Reflexões sobre o novo romance histórico brasileiro." PROCEEDINGS OF THE BRAZILIAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION FIRST CONFERENCE. Ed. Edward A. A. Riedinger.  Albuquerque: Brazilian Studies Association, 1994: 77-96.

"Fiction as History: The Case of João Ubaldo Ribeiro," Latin American Research Review 28.1 (1993): 41-60.

“A recepção anglo-americana de Os Sertões : os primeiros leitores. Remate de Males (UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil) 13 (1993): 73-81. 

“Palmilhando a tradição alencariana: um modelo intertextual de história literária.”Revista de Critica Literaria Latinoamericana  40 (2nd.  Semester, 1994): 141-154.

"Paulo Leminski e a poética do inútil," Hispania 76.3 (1993): 419-427.

"Alencar's Flawed Blueprints." HOMENAGEM A ALEXANDRINO SEVERINO: ESSAYS ON THE PORTUGUESE-SPEAKING WORLD. Ed. Marshall Eakin and Margo Milleret. Austin: Host, 1993. 148-166.

"Pluridiscursividade e dialogismo em Lima Barreto," Colóquio/Letras 120 (1991): 53-64.

“Variations on the Kenotic Hero: Tolstoy's Ivan Ilych and Guimarães Rosa's Augusto Matraga.”  Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Foreign Languages  45.2 (1991): 126-138.

“Oswald/Alencar: a Antropofagia revisitada.” Atlântida  35 (1990): 75-88.   

Viva o povo brasileiro: ficção e anti-história.” Letras de Hoje  25.3 (1990): 61-74.

“Usos da paródia no romance brasileiro dos anos 70.” Boletim da Associação Internacional de Leitura  (Porto Alegre, Brazil) 3-4/90, 3-33.

"Against Silence: Fabulation and Mediation in João Guimarães Rosa and Italo Calvino," Modern Language Studies 19.4 (1989): 82-92.

"Beyond Narcissism: Ralfo's Parodic Confessions," Portuguese Studies (King's College, London) 5 (1989): 178-187.

"Sátira e anti-história em João Ubaldo Ribeiro." LA HISTORIA EN LA LITERATURA IBEROAMERICANA. Ed.Raquel Chang-Rodríguez and Gabriella de Beer. Hanover: Ediciones del Norte, 1989. 351-364.

"Onisciência e controle em O Nome do Bispo," Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature 2 (1989): 28-45.

“Fiction and the Reader: The Prefaces of Tutaméia.” Hispanic Review 56.3 (1988): 349-362.

“Mediação e afetividade: o leitor em Grande Sertão: Veredas.” Travessia 15 (1987): 107-124. 

"Parody and Carnivalization in the Novels of Márcio Souza," Hispania 70.4 (December, 1987): 787-793.

“Affective Response in Grande Sertão: Veredas,” Luso-Brazilian Review  23.1 (1986): 77-88. 

Entries in the following reference works: World Authors 1985-1990 (1996): "João Ubaldo Ribeiro"; Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century (1993): "João Ubaldo Ribeiro"; Cyclopedia of Literary Characaters (1990): "Rebellion in the Backlands"; Cyclopedia of World Authors (1989): "Euclides da Cunha," "Clarice Lispector"; and Dictionary of Brazilian Literature (1988): "Bernardo Élis," "Josué Montello," "Wander Piroli," "João Ubaldo Ribeiro," and "Luís Fernando Veríssimo."

Reviews in a variety of publications.

 

 

research overview

Trained as a comparatist, Professor Valente holds a joint appointment in the departments of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Comparative Literature. His teaching and research interests include: 1. Brazilian narrative of the 19th and 20th centuries; 2. the relationship between fiction and history; 3. the construction of national identity and the representation of the nation; 4. comparative literature, particularly the modern historical novel and the literature of the Americas; 5. theory of literature, particularly the narrative; 6. Brazilian poetry since 1945.

research statement

While my training as a comparatist informs essentially all of my work as a teacher and a scholar, my research falls within three general areas: Brazilian literary studies, comparative literary studies, and cultural studies as broadly defined. Since the 1980s the main focus of my research has been on the narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular emphasis on José de Alencar, Euclides da Cunha, João Guimarães Rosa, William Faulkner, and João Ubaldo Ribeiro, as well as the contemporary historical novel in the Americas and, to some extent, Europe. Some of the theoretical questions I address in my work on the narrative include the reader's response to the text and the relationship between fiction and history. For the past decade and a half I have also written on modern and contemporary poetry. My work in the area of cultural studies deals with such topics as national identity and citizenship, with considerable attention to twentieth-century Brazilian intellectual history.

funded research

Not applicable