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Lorraine Leu

Associate Professor Ph.D., King's College, University of London

Associate Professor, LLILAS and Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Lorraine Leu

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Interests

Brazilian culture; urban Brazil; theories in Latin Americanism

LAS 370P • Popular Music In Brazil

40660 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BEN 1.102
(also listed as POR 375 )
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Taught in Portuguese. Latin American Studies 322 and 370P may not both be counted unless the topics vary.

LAS 381 • Brazl Urban Stds: Survey Field

41089 • Spring 2014
Meets T 100pm-400pm BEN 2.104
(also listed as ILA 388 )
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Description:

The main goal of this seminar is to explore material that addresses the production of urban space in Brazil. Our readings, film viewings and discussions will focus on spatial realities, projects, and identities in relation to cultural politics and social structures. Together we will research the field and compile an annotated bibliography of scholarly works that focus on themes such as urbanization and modernity; race, class and urban space; and meanings and representations of city spaces. The final project for this course will be a literature review to which all members of the class will contribute. Our review will engage critically with key arguments, concepts and debates. The course will equip you with the theoretical and analytical tools for developing an original research idea that dialogues with concepts discussed in the seminar.

Requirements and grading:

Your grade will be based on:

active participation in class discussion (30%)

contribution to annotated bibliography (30%)

contribution to literature review (40%)

Classes will be taught in Portuguese and participation may be in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Students must be able to read academic Portuguese.

Key texts include:

Bretas, Marcos. 1997. Ordem na cidade: o exercício cotidiano da autoridade policial no Rio de Janeiro, 1907-1930. Rio de Janeiro: Rocco.

Del Rio, Vicente and William Siembieda, eds. 2009. Contemporary Urbanism in Brazil: Beyond Brasilia. Gainesville: University of Florida Press.

Freire- Medeiros, Bianca.  2013. Touring Poverty. Oxon/New York: Routledge.

Oliveira, Ney dos Santos. 1996. ‘Favelas and Ghettos: Race and Class in Rio de Janeiro and New York City.’ Latin American Perspectives, 23 (4): 71-89.

Rolnik, Raquel. 1989. “Territorios negrosnas cidades brasileiras: etnicidade e cidade em São Paulo e Rio de Janeiro." Estudos Afro-Asiáticos, 17: 29-41. Re-published in 2000 on:

http://www.usp.br/srhousing/rr/docs/territorios_negros_nas_cidades_brasileiras.pdf

Velloso, Mônica Pimenta. 2004. A cultura das ruas do Rio de Janeiro (1900-1930): mediações, linguagens e espaço. Rio de Janeiro: Edições Casa de Rui Barbosa.

LAS 392P • Brazilian Cultural Theory

40664 • Spring 2013
Meets TH 100pm-400pm CBA 4.338
(also listed as POR 380 )
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Description

This seminar has three goals:

  • introduce some of the most influential topics and theories that have informed contemporary scholarship on Brazilian cultural production;
  • introduce research approaches and sources;
  • help students develop analytical thinking and writing skills. 

These goals will be met through a combination of reading, discussion, presentations, and research exercises.

The course will introduce students to how discussions surrounding certain ideas have resonated through the work of different scholars, and impacted the conceptualization of Brazilian culture. The course will equip you with some basic theoretical tools and analytical skills necessary for successful participation in graduate seminars and for developing an original research idea that dialogues with theories discussed in the course. By the end of the seminar, you should be able to:

  • engage actively in critical discussions of the scholarly literature;
  • analytically review a topic of relevance to your research interests;
  • develop an original research proposal.

Requirements and grading:

Your grade will be based on: active participation in class discussion (20%); a prospectus for an original research project (20%); and a conference paper developed from your prospectus (40%).

Classes will be taught in English.

Key Background Texts:

BOSI, Alfredo. 1992. Dialética da colonização. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras. Published in English as Colony, Cult and Culture (2008).

CÂNDIDO, Antonio. 1965/2010. Literatura e sociedade: estudos de teoria e história literária. Rio de Janeiro: Academia Brasileira de Letras: Ouro sobre Azul. (Published in English as On Literature and Society. 1995).

LOPES, Denilson. “From the Space In-Between to the Transcultural”. Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 16.3, 2007, 359-369.

ORTIZ, Renato. 1985. Cultura brasileira e identidade nacional, São Paulo: Brasiliense.

1988. A moderna tradição brasileira.São Paulo: Brasiliense.

SANTIAGO, Silviano. 2001. The space in-between: Essays on Latin American culture. Ed. Ana Lúcia Gazzola and trans. Tom Burns, Ana Lúcia Gazzola and Gareth Williams. Durham: Duke University Press.

SCHWARZ, Roberto. Misplaced Ideas: Essays on Brazilian Culture. London/New York: Verso, 1992.

LAS 392P • Cin/Criminality/Violnc: Brazil

40490 • Spring 2012
Meets TH 100pm-400pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as POR 381 )
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DESCRIPTION:

81% of Brazil’s population of 190 million is urban. This course considers how contemporary city dwellers construct identities and how these are represented in film. We will be taking as our point of departure two assumptions made by recent work in cultural theory: firstly, that cultural identity is spatial – constituted in the spaces and spatial practices that define our lives; and secondly, that cultural identity is political – a “battleground”, as Stuart Hall put it, of control and contestation between the state, the media, the culture industries and individuals over how we imagine who we are. The course will look at identities formed through gender, race and class in the context of the urban environment. Our primary focus will be on Rio de Janeiro, and through our analysis of films and readings taken from film studies, spatial theory, cultural geography, sociology, and cultural anthropology, we will explore the intense spatiality of conflict over identity; how cultural struggles can threaten or transform political, social and economic boundaries; and how people negotiate the problems of segregation, crime and violence in the city.

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING

Students do not need to have prior experience studying film. You will learn about the language of film and we will analyze films clips together as a class throughout the semester. Your grade will be based on: active participation in class discussion (25%); a 4-5 page commentary on a clip of your choosing from one of the films studied on the course (25%); an 8 page journal articles review [4 articles] (25%); and an 8 page commentary on disciplines and methods in urban studies (25%).

Classes will be taught in English. Class participation and the final paper may be in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

FILMS TO BE STUDIED ON THE COURSE INCLUDE:

A Hora da Estrela. Suzana Amaral (1985)

Babilônia 2000. Eduardo Coutinho (2001)

Ônibus 174. José Padilha (2002)

Cidade de Deus. Fernando Meirelles (2002)

Estamira. Marcos Prado (2004)

Tropa de Elite. José Padilha (2007)

Um Lugar ao Sol. Gabriel Mascaro (2009)

Cinco Vezes Favela - Agora por Nós Mesmos. Vários (2010)

LAS 370P • Brazilian Studies

40608 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BEN 1.118
(also listed as PRC 325E )
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LAS 392P • Cinema/Cul Ident Urban Brazil

40825 • Spring 2011
Meets TH 100pm-400pm UTC 1.136
(also listed as POR 381 )
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COURSE TITLE: Cinema & Cultural Identity in Urban Brazil

COURSE NUMBER: POR 380

INSTRUCTOR: Leu, Lorraine

DESCRIPTION:

81% of Brazil?s population of 190 million is urban. This course considers how contemporary city dwellers construct identities and how these are represented in film. We will be taking as our point of departure two assumptions made by recent work in cultural theory: firstly, that cultural identity is spatial ? constituted in the spaces and spatial practices that define our lives; and secondly, that cultural identity is political ? a ?battleground?, as Stuart Hall put it, of control and contestation between the state, the media, the culture industries and individuals over how we imagine who we are. The course will look at identities formed through nation, gender, sexuality, race and class in the context of the urban environment. Our primary focus will be on Rio de Janeiro, and we will also consider case studies from São Paulo. Through our analysis of these films and supplementary reading on social history and spatial theory, we will explore the intense spatiality of conflict over identity; how cultural struggles can threaten or transform political, social and economic boundaries; and how people negotiate the problems of segregation, crime and violence in the city.

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

Students do not need to have prior experience studying film. You will learn about the language of film and we will analyze films clips together as a class throughout the semester. Your grade will be based on: active class participation, including exercises such as leading class discussion (20%); a 2-3 page analysis of an aspect of urban or spatial theory (20%); a 2-3 page commentary on a clip of your choosing from one of the films studied, or another film to be agreed with the instructor (20%); and a final research paper (40%). Classes will be taught in Portuguese. Class participation and the final paper may be in Portuguese, Spanish or English.

FILMS TO BE STUDIED ON THE COURSE INCLUDE:

Berlim na Batucada. Luiz de Barros (1944, if available, currently being restored for re-release at the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro)

A Grande Cidade. Carlos Diegues (1966)

Babilônia 2000. Eduardo Coutinho (2001)

Ônibus 174. José Padilha (2002)

Cidade de Deus. Fernando Meirelles (2002)

O Príncipe. Ugo Giorgetti (2002)

Antônia. Tata Amaral (2006)

Um Lugar ao Sol. Gabriel Mascaro (2009)

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