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Malcolm K. McNee

Assistant Professor

Ph.D.  Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Linguistics, University of Minnesota

M.A.   Latin American Studies, Tulane University

B.A.   History and Spanish, University of Idaho

I teach interactive Portuguese language courses at all levels, including an intensive introduction designed for Spanish-speakers. I also teaches interdisciplinary humanities topics in Brazilian, Portuguese, Lusophone African, and Latin-American studies, including:

** Angola, Brazil, and Cuba: Race, Nation, and Narrative

** Brasil Profundo: Writing the Brazilian Countryside

** Envisioning Lusofonia: Transnational Encounters and Imaginaries in Lusophone Film

** Popular Music, Nationhood, and Globalization in the Portuguese-Speaking World

** Portuguese and Brazilian Voices in Translation: Literature on the Margins of Modernity

My 2003 dissertation, “The Arts in Movement: Cultural Politics and Production in Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers Movement” analyzes poetry, music, performance, and cultural criticism produced and mediated by this social movement's culture sector.  Articles building upon this work appear in The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and Cadernos de Letras da Universidade Federal Fluminense.  My essay, “Soundtracking Landlessness” is included in Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship (Duke 2011), edited by Chris Dunn and Idelber Avelar. 

I am now working on a book-length study with the working title, "Land That Seemed to Us Quite Vast: The Environmental Imaginary in Brazilian Art and Poetry."  This work considers representations of nature and landscape in the work of contemporary Brazilian poets and visual artists both in terms of territorial signification as well as more abstractly oriented engagement with concepts animating debates in environmental humanities and on the meanings of earth-art and eco-poetry as aesthetic projects and critical designations.  

I am also interested in notions of racial and cultural hybridity in discourses of Lusophone transnational identity.  In this vein, I co-edited with Joshua Lund a volume of essays, Gilberto Freyre e os estudos latino-americanos (IILI, 2006).  My article, "José Eduardo Agualusa and Other Possible Lusofonias," which considers the discourse of Lusofonia through the writing of Agualusa, an Angolan writer whose work features crossings of Lusophone borders and for whom the notion of creolity connects Portuguese-speaking communities spread across oceans and continents, was published in 2012 in the Luso-Brazilian Review.

My other articles and book reviews appear in Brasil/Brazil, Romance Notes, A Contracorriente, La Revista Iberoamericana, Hispania, and Veredas: A Revista da Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas.  I was also contributing editor to the multi-media website, The Sights and Voices of Dispossession: The Fight for the Land and the Emerging Culture of the MST

In addition to my position in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, I serve on the advisory boards of Comparative Literature and Latin American and Latino/Latina Studies, and I am currently co-chair of the Five Colleges Afro-Luso-Brazilian Faculty Seminar. 

Phone: 413-585-3370
Building: Hatfield 308

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