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Rodolfo Franconi

Professor Rodolfo FranconiaAssociate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish

Department of Spanish and Portuguese
6072 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755-3511

Office: 344 Dartmouth Hall

2014 Spring Office Hours: Mondays 3:00-4:00 pm, or by appointment

Telephone: (603) 646-1448
Fax: (603) 646-3695

Ph.D. and M.A. (Spanish and Portuguese), Vanderbilt University
B.A. (Letras Vernáculas), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)

Primary Interests

  • Contemporary Brazilian and Portuguese Literature and Culture
  • Contemporary Spanish American Literature and Culture
  • U.S.-Brazilian and Latin American Studies
  • Brazilian Film and Teledramaturgy

Selected Courses Taught at Dartmouth

  • PORT 1: Intensive Portuguese I
  • PORT 3: Intensive Portuguese II
  • SPAN 1: Beginning Spanish
  • SPAN 2: Introductory Spanish
  • SPAN 3: Intermediate Spanish
  • Portuguese Language for Spanish Speakers ALPs (The Rassias Foundation)
  • Portuguese Language for English Speakers ALPs (The Rassias Foundation)
  • SPAN 9: Writing and Speaking: A Cultural Approach
  • PORT 6: Language Study Abroad- LSA Brazil: Readings in Brazilian Literature
  • PORT 12: Language Study Abroad Plus – LSA Plus Brazil: Introduction to Brazilian literature
  • PORT 20: The Portuguese-Speaking World and its Literatures and Cultures: The Definition of an Identity
  • SPAN 35: Foreign Study Program – FSP Uruguay: Contemporary Uruguayan and Argentinian Literatures
  • PORT 36: Foreign Study Program – FSP Brazil: Contemporary Brazilian Literature
  • PORT 60: Portuguese Literature I: Middle Ages to the Early Nineteenth Century
  • PORT 62: Portuguese Literature II: Late Nineteenth Century to the present
  • PORT 61: Brazilian Literature I: Sixteenth to Early Nineteenth Centuries
  • PORT 63: Brazilian Literature II: Late Nineteenth to the present
  • PORT 80: Senior Seminar: “The Portuguese-Speaking World Prose Fiction of the 80's and the 90's: Portugal, Africa, and Brazil”
  • PORT 80: Senior Seminar: “The Poetry of Brazilian Popular Music”
  • LACS 4: History, Culture and Society: The Many Faces of Latin America (Latin American and Caribbean Studies - LACS 4; team taught with Beatriz Pastor)
  • LACS 70: The People and Cultures of the Brazilian Amazon (Latin American and Caribbean Studies – LACS 70; team taught with Montgomery Fellow Marlui Miranda)

Independent Studies, Honors Courses and Seminars

  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian Literature: “Machado de Assis e Haroldo Maranhão: o texto de memórias”
  • PORT 87: Study on Popular Brazilian Culture: “Caetano Veloso e os anos da Repressão”
  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian Literature: “A reconstrução da óptica nacional a partir de Viva o povo brasileiro
  • PORT 87: Study on Lusophone African Literature: “As literaturas lusófonas da África pós-colonial”
  • PORT 87: Study on Portuguese Literature: “A presença do Mar na literatura portuguesa”
  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian Culture: “Da África ao Brasil: o que faz a cultura afro-brasileira?”
  • PORT 90: Honors course on Brazilian Literature: “A literatura das escritoras negras brasileiras contemporâneas”
  • PORT 91: Honors Seminar on Brazilian Literature: “A identidade racial, sexual e nacional da mulher negra brasileira e como se manifesta na obra de Carolina Maria de Jesus
  • PORT 8: Study on Brazilian Literature: “O erotismo na produção literária feminina contemporânea”
  • PORT 87: Study on Portuguese Language and Culture: "Brasil e Portugal contemporâneos: língua e cultura"
  • PORT 87: Study on Portuguese Literature: "Literatura versus geografia: uma abordagem ao romance pós-moderno português"
  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian Literature: “Literatura negra feminina no Brasil”
  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian Theater: “Teatro brasileiro: da catequese jesuítica ao tratro do oprimido”
  • PORT 87: Study on Lusophone African Literature: “A literature africana de expressão portuguesa”
  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian-American Literature: “Entre-Lugares: identidades híbridas e outros temas repetidos na literatura brazuca”
  • PORT 87: Study on Brazilian Cinema: “The Evolution of the Modern Brazilian Cinema"

Selected Publications/Essays


  • Erotismo e Poder na ficção contemporânea brasileira. (São Paulo: Annablume Editora) July, 1997.


Selected Essays

  • "O olhar oblíquo: uma categoria cultural. Conceituação e exemplos." In Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. Ns. 63-64. Lima-Hanover, 1st-2nd Semesters, 2006, 105-115.
  • "Literaturas latino-americanas nas instituições e revistas acadêmicas anglo-americanas." In Revista Brasileira de Literatura Comparada. N. 7 (2005) - Porto Alegre: Abralic, 2005 -v., 131-147.
  • “Being Brazilian in the States: Between Fiction and Reality.” In “Luso-Brazilian Literaure in the U.S.” Hispania. Volume 88.4 (2005), 726-732.
  • With Nakamura, C. & Lajoie, S. P. “The multimedia effect in electronic bilingual dictionaries: The effects of graphic representations on vocabulary acquisition of a foreign language.” In Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003: “World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications.” Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. (Norfolk, VA. 2005), 4319-4322.
  • “La carta de Pêro Vaz de Caminha al Rey Don Manuel.” In “El proyecto colonial y sus retóricas,” Sección monográfica: Viajes y Viajeros Coloniales por las Américas. Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana. No. 60, 2nd semester (2004), 27-42.

Current Projects

  • Brasil y América Hispana: la mirada oblicua/o olhar oblíquo: América Hispânica e Brasil. Edition and introduction to an anthology of articles on the perception of the "other next door" by Brazilian and Spanish American writers.

Additional Information

  • Since 1998, coordinator of the Brazilian section of Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana (RCLL).
  • Also serves on the editorial board of the academic journal Revista Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea (Universidade de Brasília), and on the advisory board of Revista Letras (Universidade Federal do Paraná) and Légua & meia: Revista de literatura e diversidade cultural (Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana).
  • Recipient of The Dartmouth Distinguished Teaching Award presented by the Class of 2001.

Last Updated: 3/24/14