Full Professor, Tenured since 1985
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG)
Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Faculdade de Letras (School of Letters)

I teach at graduate and undergraduate levels, and advise students at the Undergraduate Research Program and the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. I also supervise sabbatical projects. I have been on M.A. and Ph.D. examining committees, on hiring committees, and on college evaluation committees, at the request of the Ministry of Education. I have also done ad hoc work for Fabesp, Fapesp, and the Fulbright Commission.

I chaired or acted in the organizing committees of the following international congresses: Animais, Animalidades e os Limites do Humano (2011), Para Sempre Poe/Forever Poe (2009, with Purdue Univ.), Mediations-VIII Congresso da Abralic (2002), Victor Hugo, Genius without Frontiers (2002), Colóquio Abralic 2001 - Valores: Arte, Mercado, Política (2001), The Art of Elizabeth Bishop: An International Conference and Celebração in Brazil (1999, with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

Some of the administration positions I have held are director of the Graduate Program in Literary Studies, advisor to UFMG's Dean of Research Programs, member of UFMG's Permanent Committee for Teachers' Affairs, as well as Head of the Department of Anglo-Germanic Letters (twice). I was secretary and then vice-president of the Brazilian Association of American Studies (ABEA).

At present, I am the editor of Aletria, the Comparative Literature journal of UFMG's Graduate Program in Literary Studies.


Sabbatical Project, Comparative Literature, 2011-12
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
Project title: The Body and the Enigma: Crime in Contemporary Literature.

Sabbatical Project, Comparative Literature, 2005-06
Brown University. Providence, RI, USA
Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brasil
Project title: Crimes, Sins, and Monstrosities: Evil in Literature.

Sabbatical Project, Comparative Literature, 1997-98
Brown University. Providence, RI, USA
Project title: Enigma as Knowledge in Auster, Coover, DeLillo, and Pynchon.

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, 1991
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Indiana University. Bloomington, IN, USA
Dissertation title: World Building in Non-Realistic Literature.

M.A. in English, 1986
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil
Thesis title: E. A. Poe: The Fall of the Masque.

Main Publications

Da fabricação de monstros. Edited with Lyslei Nascimento. Belo Horizonte: Ed. UFMG, 2009.

Monstros como metáforas do mal. In: JEHA, Julio (org.). Monstros e monstruosidades na literatura. Belo Horizonte: Ed. UFMG, 2007. p. 9-31.

Entre logos e mythos em City of God, de Doctorow. In: SIMPÓSIO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE RELIGIÕES, RELIGIOSIDADES E CULTURA, 2., 2006, Dourados, MS. Anais.... Dourados, MS: UFGD/UFMS, 2006.

As senhoras das Minas: representação feminina no diário de viagem de Alexander Caldcleugh. In: DUARTE, C. L.; ASSIS, E.; BEZERRA, K. C. (Orgs.). Gênero e Representação: teoria, história e crítica. Belo Horizonte: Ed. UFMG, 2002. p. 199-204.

Lembranças de uma vida feliz. By Marianne North. Belo Horizonte: Fundação João Pinheiro, 2001. Trans. of A Life.

Calvino's Cloven viscount from page to stage. Cadernos de Tradução, Florianópolis, v. 7, n. 1, p. 19-30, 2001.

The semiosis of fantasy. Semiotica, Bloomington, v. 131, n. 3/4, p. 359-375, 2000. As arestas da ironia. By Linda Hutcheon. Belo Horizonte: Ed. UFMG, 2000. Trans. of Irony's Edge.

Viagens na América do Sul, durante os anos de 1819-20-21. By Alexander Caldcleugh. Belo Horizonte: Fundação João Pinheiro, 2000. Trans. of Voyages in South America, during the Years of 1819-20-21.

World Modeling. Semiotica, Bloomington, v. 102, n. 1/2, p. 163-173, 1994.

Fearing the Nonexistent. Semiotica, Bloomington, v. 94, n. 3/4, p. 349-359, 1993.

Research topics

I work in the following areas: Literature, history, and cultural memory; Literature and representations of the Other. My focus is on evil in literature.

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