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Cecília Paiva Ximenes Rodrigues

Cecilia Rodrigues
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Associate Professor of Portuguese
Curriculum Coordinator of the Portuguese Flagship Program

I am Associate Professor of Portuguese and Curriculum Coordinator of the federally-funded Portuguese Flagship Program. I hold a Ph.D. in Lusophone Literatures from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I specialize in Contemporary Brazilian Culture and Literature. My research interests include prose fiction of the 21st century, women’s writing, ecofeminism, Indigenous literature, narratives of displacement, and the construction of Brazilian national identities. I am also interested in the teaching of Portuguese as a second language (PLE), specifically through project-based learning. My articles have been published in Hispania, Brasil/Brazil, Luso-Brazilian Review, among other journals. My book, Além da ruína: articulações da esperança na narrativa de Milton Hatoum (2018), was published by Edições UFC, Brazil. I am also the co-founder of the US Chapter of Women of Letters (Mulherio das Letras), a Brazilian women writers’ collective. Raízes: Brazilian Women Poets in Translation (Venas Abiertas, 2022) is the collective’s first publication. In 2023, I published Itinerários para o silêncio/Pathways to Silence (Aliás, 2023), a bilingual poetry book.


Research Interests:

Contemporary Brazilian Literature, prose fiction of the 21st century, narratives of displacement, and the construction of Brazilian national identities.

Of note:

Coordinator, NRC Title VI Portuguese Language and Brazilian Studies Initiative (2018-2022)

Core Faculty, LACSI

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Women's Studies

Articles Featuring Cecília Paiva Ximenes Rodrigues

Cecília Rodrigues, Cris Lira, and Ligia Bezerra (Arizona State U) have edited a special issue of the prestigious literary journal Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea 

Congratulations to Vera Bulla for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Climate Bildungsroman in 21st Century Brazil: A Study of Nikelen Witter's Viajantes do…

Cecília Paiva Ximenes Rodrigues and Cris Lira have edited a bilingual collection in Portuguese and English of Brazilian women's poetry. 

More of My Students

PhD Student, Latinx Studies

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