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Krista Brune

Assistant Professor of Portuguese and Spanish

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Krista Brune

Ph.D., Hispanic Languages and Literatures (Luso-Brazilian track), University of California, Berkeley

M.A., Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

A.B., Spanish and Portuguese, Princeton University

Krista Brune specializes in 19th to 21st-century 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, which is under contract with the SUNY Series in Latin American and Iberian Thought and Culture, analyzes the centrality of translation to the construct and hemispheric circulation of a modern Brazil since the 1870s. With its unique archive of the New York-based periodical O Novo Mundo (1870-1879), Mário de Andrade’s Macunaíma (1928) and its afterlives in film and fiction, and contemporary narrative and criticism by Silviano Santiago and Adriana Lisboa, the study inserts Brazilian literature and culture into recent debates about translatability, world literature, and cosmopolitanism as it underscores the oft-overlooked presence of Brazilians in the United States.

Krista participated in the 2013 NEH Summer Institute on the Centrality of Translation in the Humanities and has published translations of stories by Machado de Assis and Nuno Ramos and critical articles on Brazilian documentarian Eduardo Coutinho. Another area of her research centers on Latin American popular music and cultural policies. As a Fulbright grantee to Brazil in 2007, she studied the politics of popular Brazilian music in relation to Spanish American music.

She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that situate Brazil in a hemispheric or transatlantic perspective, including Translation in the Americas, Race and Gender in Luso-Brazilian Cinema, and Voices of the Povo/Pueblo. She also organizes speakers’ series and cultural events related to the Portuguese program. In Spring 2019, she was a resident scholar at the Penn State Humanities Institute. She was a visiting professor in at the Universidade de São Paulo in 2019, co-teaching the graduate seminar Tradução e Política nas Américas.

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