Daniel Silva

Assistant Professor of Portuguese

 Mon 4:30-6:30 & Fri 9-10
 Carr Hall 208

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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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. (FREN 0205, ITAL 0251, SPAN 0220, or placement at French 0210 or above, Italian 0252 or above, Spanish 0300 or above, or instructor’s approval) 6 hrs. lect./disc. LNG

Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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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

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PGSE 0330 - Aesthetics of Urban Poverty      

Aesthetics of Urban Poverty in Literature, Film, and Music
Spaces of urban poverty have long held an ambivalent place within cultural imaginaries, as sites of various stereotypes and signified differences, but also as places of notable cultural production and social contestation. We will consider how urban poverty in Brazil, Lusophone Africa, and Portugal has been represented and commodified (trans)nationally, and how the voices from these locales challenge and pose a series of questions pertaining to capital, imperialisms, nationhood, globalization, and history. In doing so, we will also confront the complex relationships between race, gender, class, family, culture, and social violence, while spanning historical periods, literary and cinematic movements, and musical genres. (PGSE 0215 or equivalent) 3hrs. lect./disc. AAL CMP LIT LNG

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 LNG SOC

Spring 2015

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PGSE 0500 - Independent Study      

Independent Study
(Approval Required)

Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016

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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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Department of Spanish & Portuguese

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