Bobby J Chamberlain

Associate Professor, Brazilian Culture and Literature

Contact

1309H Cathedral of Learning
chambln@pitt.edu
412-624-3991

Biography

Professor Chamberlain’s research focuses on Portuguese language and Brazilian literature, with a concentration on the prose fiction of Brazilian modernism and postmodernism, and on contemporary literary theory. He has published widely in U.S. and Brazilian journals on postmodernism, antropofagia, canon formation, periodization, and the role of U.S. Brazilianists.

A two-time Fulbright scholar, Professor Chamberlain has served as national chairman of the AATSP Task Force for the Promotion of Portuguese (1979–84) and a member of the MLA Luso-Brazilian Division executive committee (1981–86) and has sat on the editorial boards of the Revista Iberoamericana (1985–87) and Chasqui (1981-98). He was the director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Brazil Studies Program from 1999 to 2001 and is currently secretary-treasurer of the Instituto Internacional de Literatura Iberoamericana (1996–present).

Degrees

  • PhD, University of California at Los Angeles

Selected Publications

  • Jorge Amado (1990)
  • A Dictionary of Informal Brazilian Portuguese (1984, with R. Harmon)
  • “Sob o Limiar da Fala: Linguagem e Representação do Subalterno em Vidas Secas e A Hora da Estrela”, appeared in Trocas Culturais na América Latina (2000, ed. L. A. Brandão Santos and M. A. Pereira)

Areas of Specialization

Portuguese language and Brazilian literature, with a concentration on the prose fiction of Brazilian modernism and postmodernism, and on contemporary literary theory