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Silvia Oliveira

Craig-Lee Hall (CL)
(401) 456-8748

Academic Background

Ph.D. Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California, Santa Barbara
BA/Licenciatura Modern Languages and Literatures: Portuguese and French Studies with a “minor” in Brazilian Literature and African Lusophone Literatures. University of Porto, Portugal.

Teaching Experience

2011-Present: Assistant Professor of Portuguese Studies, Rhode Island College
2005-2010: Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Spanish, Purdue University, Indiana.

Courses Taught

PORT 113: Intermediated Portuguese
PORT 114: Readings in Portuguese
PORT 201: Conversation and Composition
PORT 202: Composition and Conversation
PORT 303: The Portuguese World: Portugal and the Islands
PORT 313: Survey of Brazilian Literature

Selected Publications

"O conto alegórico e Nova Literatura em Portugal." Hispania 93:2 (2010): 177-86. Print.

"The Non-Sense of an Ending: José Cardoso Pires and the Neo-Realist Short Story in Portugal". Romance Quarterly 57 (2010): 231-42. Print.

"Estilo e ficção autoral n'Os Passos em Volta." Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies 7 A Repertoire of Contemporary Portuguese Poetry (2008): 73-85. Print.

"Memory Degree Zero: Notes on José Cardoso Pires' De Profundis, Valsa Lenta." Romance Notes 47:3 (2007): 333-339. Print.

"A imarcescível razão cínica (a narrativa curta de Mário-Henrique Leiria e Luiz Pacheco)." Estudios Portugueses 6 (2006): 209-218. Print.

"The Mirror and the State." Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies 8 Machado de Assis: the Nation and the World (2006): 101-114. Print.

Selected Book Reviews

Rev. of A Companion to Portuguese Literature. Edited byStephen Parkinson, Cláudia Pazos Alonso, and T. F. Earle. Woodbridge, UK: Tamesis, 2009. Ellipsis, the Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese 9 (2011): 181-3. Print.

Rev. of Sapega, Ellen W. Consensus and Debate in Salazar’s Portugal: Visual and Literary Negotiations of the National Text, 1933-1948. University Park: Pennsylvania State UP, 2008. Hispania 93:4 (2010): 714-5. Print.

Rev. of Martelo, Rosa Maria. Em Parte Incerta. Estudos de Poesia Portuguesa Moderna e Contemporânea. Ellipsis: the Journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association 4 (2006): 168-172. Print.

Selected Conference Presentations

"Relaying the Human Condition: Neo-Expressionism and Catharsis in Raduan Nassar and Rui Nunes" MLA , Los Angeles, January 7, 2011.

"Sentimental topography: Galicia's Celticism in Luz Pozo Garza's As arpas de Iwerddon." Harvard Celtic Colloquium, Harvard University, October 8-10, 2010.

"Parque Industrial, Sedução e a educação revolucionária do desejo." American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA), Brown University, October 7-9, 2010

"Revolução e narrativa: republicanismo e novelística em Portugal." AHLiST, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, June 23-25, 2010

"Aesthetics of Violence: Entertainment or Social Awareness?" International Society for the Social Sciences Annual Conference (ISSS), University of Central Florida, February 25-26, 2010.

"Herberto y Yo." American Portuguese Studies Association (APSA), Yale University, October 10, 2008.

"Memory Degree Zero." Theory of Mind and Literature International Conference, Purdue University, Nov 3, 2007.

"Fernando Pessoa: A Pluralidade Revisitada" Colloquium on Portuguese and Brazilian Literature in honor of Dr. José Blanco. University of California, Santa Barbara. February 9, 2007.

"Chus Pato: Arte e Interferência." Conferência Internacional AIEG (Asociación Internacional de Estudos Galegos). S. Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. September 12-15, 2006.

"The non-sense of an ending: José Cardoso Pires and the short story in Portugal." The Short Story in English 9th International Conference. University of Lisbon, Portugal. June 21-25, 2006.

"The narrative bond in 20th century painting: reflections on the work of Paula Rego." International Conference on Narrative. Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. April 6-9, 2006 Ottawa, Ontario.


Native: Portuguese
Near-native fluency: English, Spanish, French
Reading/oral skills: German, Catalan, Italian

Current Membership

APSA: American Portuguese Studies Association
PALCUS: Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States
AATSP: American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
RI AATSP: Rhode Island Chapter of the AATSP
ACTFL: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
NeMLA: Northeast Modern Language Association
MLA: Modern Language Association

Page last updated: September 22, 2011