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MARGUERITE ITAMAR HARRISON

Associate Professor
B. A. Art History and French, Mary Baldwin College
M.A. Latin American Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D. Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
Marguerite Itamar Harrison is a Sherrerd teaching award-winning professor who teaches
interactive language courses, as well as interdisciplinary topics courses in Portuguese and
Brazilian Studies, including:
** Contemporary Cityscapes: Mapping Brazilian Culture onto an Urban Grid
** Brazilian Poetry and Performance
** The Brazilian Body: Representations of Women in Brazilian Literature and Culture
** Brazil x 5: A Journey through Its Multicultural Regions
** Cultural Crosscurrents in Today’s Portuguese-Speaking World
** Shifting Landscapes in Brazilian Film
** Eco Brazil: Key Environmental Issues
** Questions of Travel: Narratives of Journeys and Migrations
** Multiple Lenses of Marginality: New Brazilian Filmmaking by Women
** Space, Place and Identity in the Portuguese-Speaking World
Prior to Smith, she taught at Harvard University and was a Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow
at Brown University. In 2007 she edited Uma Cidade em Camadas, a volume of
transnational essays on contemporary Brazilian writer Luiz Ruffato published by Editora
Horizonte. Having grown up in a Brazilian-American household, she is an avid proponent
of literary translation. Her work has appeared in Brasil/Brazil, Chasqui: Journal of Latin
American Literature, Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, Latin American
Literary Review, Luso-Brazilian Review, Metamorphoses, Studies in Latin American
Popular Culture, Women’s Review of Books, and other publications. Her scholarship in
contemporary Brazilian fiction and art addresses ways in which literature and visual
culture may contribute to raising social consciousness, particularly in terms of gender,
class, and race marginality. Her current research is on Brazilian filmmaking that
comments critically on the dictatorship period and its lingering effects from the point of
view of the marginalized and dispossessed. Her focus is on women filmmakers including
Lúcia Murat, Lais Bodanzky, Tata Amaral and Maria Augusta Ramos, whose works
challenge the status quo and resist dominant codes by redirecting the cinematic gaze and
confronting social inequities: domestic violence, prison conditions, mental institution
neglect, and the abuses of the justice system.
In addition to the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, she contributes to the programs
in Latin American & Latino/a Studies and the Study of Women & Gender. Together with
Malcolm McNee she is study abroad adviser for programs in Brazil and Portugal.
Phone: 413-585-3361
Building: Wright Hall 206
E-mail: mharriso@smith.edu

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