Daniel Silva

Assistant Professor of Portuguese

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 On leave academic year (2017-18)
 on leave academic year

Daniel F. Silva earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. His research and teaching interests include Lusophone literatures, cinemas and visual cultures; imperial and colonial discourses; intersections of race, gender, and class in global contexts; and urban marginalities. He is the author of Subjectivity and the Reproduction of Imperial Power: Empire’s Individuals (Routledge, 2015).

He is also coeditor of Lima Barreto: New Critical Perspectives (Lexington Books, 2013) and Emerging Dialogues on Machado de Assis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Both are collections of multidisciplinary essays on the lives and oeuvres of Afro-Brazilian writers Lima Barreto and Machado de Assis, respectively. His work has also been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Hispania and Chasqui.



Course List: 

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IGST 0411 / PGSE 0411 - The Racial Life of Power      

The Racial Life of Power: (Trans)national Experiences of Race
In this course we will explore the emergence of race as a category of classification, social construct, and real experience in conjunction with the consolidation of different forms of power including colonialism, slavery, nationhood and globalization. We will take a global and interdisciplinary approach to our study by examining how race operates in national, transnational, and transcontinental power dynamics and imaginaries. Our interrogation of race will consider its central intersections with class, gender, and sexuality in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and North America at different moments in history. Course materials will include visual media, literary texts, primary historical sources, critical theory, and music. (Taught in English) 3 hrs. sem. AAL CMP SOC

Spring 2017, Fall 2018

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IGST 0700 - Senior Work      

Senior Work
(Approval Required)

Spring 2016

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PGSE 0210 - Beginning Port/RomanceSpeakers      

Beginning Portuguese for Romance-Language Speakers
This course is designed for Romance-language speakers and advanced Romance-language learners at the 0200 or 0300-level, depending on the language. It is an intensive introduction to Portuguese, covering all of the basic structures and vocabulary as well as important aspects of the cultures of Lusophone countries. Language learning is based on the students’ previous knowledge of one or more Romance languages. Students are expected to continue with PGSE 0215, after successful completion of PGSE 0210.
6 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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PGSE 0212 - Portuguese Conversation      

Let’s Talk! Speaking on the Lusophone World
In this course we will focus on the development of oral skills in Portuguese. Students will also be exposed to cultural content in Portuguese through which they will be introduced to the social and political trends in the Portuguese-speaking world. Course material will also include significant review of complex grammatical structures in order to better prepare students for continuing Portuguese studies. (PGSE 0103 or PGSE 0210 or by waiver) LNG WTR

Winter 2016

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PGSE 0215 - Advanced Portuguese      

Advanced Portuguese
This course is a continuation of either PGSE 0103 or PGSE 0210. It is designed to balance textual and cultural analysis with a thorough review of grammar at an intermediate/high level. Students will hone their critical thinking and linguistic skills through guided readings, oral discussions, and short written assignments on Lusophone cultural topics. (PGSE 0103 or PGSE 0210 or by waiver) 4 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Spring 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017

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PGSE 0330 - Culture and Urban Margins      

Culture and Consumption of Urban Margins
Urban margins across the globe have been sites of systemic disenfranchisement, social contestation, and cultural commodification within global capitalism. In this course we will explore how cultural production pertaining to urban margins from the Lusophone world (and beyond) across South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia has circulated across borders in ways that either reproduce or challenge hegemonic notions of urban marginality. We will also confront the complex relationships between race, gender, sexuality, class, culture, globality, and local space while considering how urban margins have been sold and consumed through music, visual culture, and tourism. We will address such questions through the works and identities of cultural producers from the Lusophone world and beyond such as Machado de Assis, Anitta, Lucenzo, MIA, and J. Balvin. (PGSE 215 or equivalent) 3hrs. lect./disc. AAL AMR CMP LNG SOC

Fall 2014

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PGSE 0340 / GSFS 0340 - Race, Sex, and Power/Lusophone      

Race, Sex, and Power in the Lusophone World
How do race and sex intersect in the Lusophone world? What can they teach us about the power dynamics behind world-shaping events such as the Inquisition, colonialism, slavery, miscegenation, nationhood, and even plastic surgery? We will explore the connections between violence, racial identity, gender, and sexualityin the histories and cultures of Lusophone nations. Content covered will include literature, film, television, music, historical documents, and interdisciplinary scholarship that offer different insights into how racial and sexual discourses and practices shape or contest power structures. (PGSE 0215 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc. CMP LNG SOC

Fall 2015

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PGSE 0375 / CMLT 0375 - Colonial Discourse/Lusophone      

Colonial Discourse and the “Lusophone World”
In this course we will analyze how European colonialism and imperial endeavors produced meaning, particularly in the interconnected realms of culture, race, language, gender, sexuality, and place. In addition to studying the colonial period, we will pay particular attention to the role and manifestations of colonial discourse more contemporarily in the contexts of nationhood, globalization, sports, and cultural consumption. In doing so, we will address the problematics of the concept of “Lusophone,” starting with the historical legacies and cultural implications of such a transnational entity. Course materials will include critical theory, literary texts, primary historical sources, visual media, and music from Brazil, Lusophone Africa, Lusophone Asia, and Portugal. (PGSE 0215 or equivalent) 3 hrs. lect./disc. AAL CMP EUR LNG SOC

Spring 2015, Fall 2016

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PGSE 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Winter 2018

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SPAN 0705 - Senior Honors Thesis      

Senior Honors Thesis
The department will award honors, high honors, or highest honors on the basis of a student's work in the department and performance in SPAN 0705. (Approval only)

Spring 2015

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Program in International and Global Studies

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