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Krista Brune

The Dorothy W. Gilpatrick University Endowed Fellow in the Humanities and Associate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish

151 Burrowes
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-9465

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  1. Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures (Luso-Brazilian track), University of California, Berkeley
  2. M.A., Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley
  3. A.B., Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University

Research Interests:

Brazilian literature and culture, Global Lusophone Studies, Hemispheric American Studies, translation, intellectual history


Krista Brune specializes in modern and contemporary Luso-Brazilian literature through the lens of translation, visual and popular cultures, and intellectual history. Her book Creative Transformations: Travels and Translations of Brazil in the Americas (SUNY Press, 2020) analyzes key moments in the travels and translations of Brazilian artists and intellectuals from the 1870s to the present. In doing so, it underscores the continued presence of Brazilians in the United States as a feature of the hemispheric Americas that complicates understandings of Latinidad. Her interest in translation extends to the practical with published translations of stories by Machado de Assis and Nuno Ramos and critical articles on documentarian Eduardo Coutinho.

Currently, she is working on a book that situates Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and New York as sites of encounter and exchange among speakers of Portuguese. By exploring how literary and artistic works depict Portuguese, Brazilian, and Lusophone African interactions in these global cities, she contends that intersections of culture and capital facilitate forms of citizenship that go beyond legal constructs inherited from colonial structures. Another area of her research centers on Latin American popular music, film, and cultural policies. As a Fulbright grantee to Brazil in 2007, she studied the politics of popular Brazilian music in relation to the nueva canción and nueva trova.  

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that situate Brazil in a hemispheric or transatlantic perspective, including Translation in the Americas, Luso-Brazilian Cinema, and Latin American Cosmopolitanisms. As a visiting professor at the Universidade de São Paulo in May 2019, she co-taught the graduate seminar “Tradução e política nas Américas.” She also organizes speakers’ series and cultural events related to the Portuguese program, and co-directs the Iberian Modernist Studies Forum. In 2020 and 2021, she was a funded participant in Penn State’s Redesigning Modernities project. She is currently the Dorothy W. Gilpatrick University Endowed Fellow in the Humanities and the director of the Global and International Studies program.

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