Randal Johnson
Distinguished Professor and Department Chair


Brazilian Literature, Culture and Film


Office: 5303 Rolfe Hall

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Phone: (310) 825-1220

Mailing address:

UCLA Spanish & Portuguese

BOX 951532, 5303 Rolfe Hall

 Los Angeles, CA 90095-1532


  • Ph.D. (1977) University of Texas, Austin
  • M.A. (1974) University of Texas, Austin
  • B.A. (1970) University of Texas, Arlington
Research Interests
  • Brazilian Literature and Culture
  • Sociology of Literature and Culture
  • Latin American Cinema
  • Cultural Policy
Selected Publications

Recent Articles
  • “O cinema brasileiro visto de fora." In A Indústria Cinematográfica e Audiovisual Brasileira. Vol. 3: Cinema e Mercado. Ed. Alessandra Meleiro. São Paulo: Escrituras Editora, 2010, 135-153.
  • “Oliveira Político.” In Aspectos do Cinema Português, ed. Jorge Cruz et.al. Rio de Janeiro: Universidade Estadual do Rio de Janeiro – SR-3 – Edições LCV, 2010, 23-48.
  • "Manoel de Oliveira and the Ethics of Representation." In Dekalog 2. On Manoel de Oliveira. Ed. Carolin Overhoff Ferreira. London: Wallflower Press, 2008, 89-109.
  • "Manoel de Oliveira’s Cinematic Deontology." In The Talking Pictures of Manoel de Oliveira. Exhibition catalog. Los Angeles: UCLA Film and Television Archive, 2008, 12-17.
  • “Frei Luís de Sousa.” In O Cinema Português através dos seus Filmes. Ed. Carolin Overhoff Ferreira. Porto: Campo das Letras, 2007, 65-71.
  • “The Brazilian Retomada and Global Hollywood.” In History and Society: Argentinian and Brazilian Cinema since the 1980s. Ed. Gastón Lillo and Walter Moser. Ottawa: Legas Publishing, 2007, 87-100.
  • "Post-Cinema Novo Brazilian Cinema." In Traditions in World Cinema. Ed. Linda Bradley, R. Barton Palmer and Steven Jay Schneider. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006, 117-129.
  • "Aniki-Bóbó." In The Cinema of Spain and Portugal. Ed. Alberto Mira. London/New York: Wallflower Press, 2005, 40-49.
  • "Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo." In The Cinema of Spain and Portugal. Ed. Alberto Mira. London/New York: Wallflower Press, 2005, 208-217.
  • "TV Globo, the MPA and Contemporary Brazilian Cinema" In Latin American Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender and National Identity. Ed. Lisa Shaw and Stephanie Dennison. North Carolina: McFarland, 2005, 11-38.
  • "Brazilian Narrative." In The Cambridge Companion to Latin American Culture. Ed. John King. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004, 119-135.
  • "Against the Grain: On The Cinematic Vision of Manoel de Oliveira." In Senses of Cinema 28, September-October 2003. www.sensesofcinema.com
  • "Literatura e Cinema, Diálogo e Recriação: O Caso de Vidas Secas." In Literatura, Cinema e Televisão. São Paulo: SENAC, Itaú Cultural, 2003, 37-59.
  • "Glauber Rocha and Cinema Novo," in Homage to Glauber Rocha and Brazilian Cinema Novo. Jeonju, South Korea: Jeonju International Film Festival, 2003, 3-9. Korean translation, 10-14.
  • "The Brazilian Film Industry." In The International Movie Industry. Ed. Gorham Kindem. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2000, 257-272.
  • “Departing from Central Station: Notes on the Reemergence of Brazilian Cinema.”The Brazil e-Journal (a publication of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC), Spring 2000.
  • Articles, 1977-1999

Previous Academic Appointments

  • Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, University of Florida, 1983-1994
  • Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Rutgers University, 1977-1983