José Luiz Passos

E-mail: jl.passos@ucla.edu Phone: 310-825-6659 Office: 5332 Rolfe Hall

José Luiz Passos is a Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures. He received his Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures from UCLA in 1998. Prior to joining the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UCLA in 2008, he held a tenured appointment at UC Berkeley. He was recently the inaugural director of the UCLA Center for Brazilian Studies (2008-2011). He is the author of Ruínas de linhas puras (1998) — on Mário de Andrade and Brazilian modernism — and Romance com pessoas (2014), which interprets Shakespeare’s influence on Machado de Assis’s realist fiction. He has published two novels with Alfaguara: Nosso grão mais fino (2009) and O sonâmbulo amador (2012), a finalist for the São Paulo Prize, and the winner of the 2013 Portugal Telecom Literary Prize for best novel and best book of the year, as well as winner of the 2014 Brasília Literary Prize for best novel. José Luiz Passos is also the author of a stage play and short stories published in Argentina, Brazil, France, and the United States. His current research and teaching focus on contemporary fiction, Machado de Assis, and travel in the nineteenth century.

Education

  • Ph.D. (1998) Hispanic Language and Literature, UCLA
  • M.A. (1997) Portuguese, UCLA
  • B.A. (1994) Sociology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Research

  • The Luso-Brazilian Enlightenment
  • Machado de Assis
  • Travel and Translation Studies
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Creative Writing

Books

Articles

  • “Eu não acredito na vitória do mal.” Revista Continente: Especial José Lins do Rego (2013): 22-24.   “Os outsiders.” Jornal Rascunho 160 (2013): 28-29.    “O estilo dos cães.” Valor Econômico 659 (28 Jun. 2013): 34-35.
  • Library exhibit co-curated with Stephen Bell and Ludwig Lauerhass Jr. Rio de Janeiro: Two
    Centuries of Urban Change, 1808-2008. Los Angeles: UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library;
    Department of Special Collections, n.d. Web 21 Ago 2011. Available in PDF. 90pp.
    <http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/rio/>
  • “Brazil.” The Encyclopedia of the Novel. Ed. Peter Logan. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 97-105.
  • “Madame Góes.” Pernambuco; Suplemento Cultural do Diário Oficial do Estado 68 (2011): 19-21.
  • Review of On a Knife-Edge: The Poetry of João Cabral de Melo Neto, by Sara Brandellero. Latin
    American Literary Review (2011).
  • “Jurandir.” Silva 1 (2011): 5.
  • “O rito da modernização impossível.” Introduction, Usina by José Lins do Rego, 20 ed., Rio de
    Janeiro: José Olympio Editora, 2010. 9-28.
  • Review of O chocalho de Brás Cubas: uma leitura das Memórias Póstumas, by Paul Dixon.
    Iberoamericana 10.40 (2010): 270-271.
  • Review of O pai dos burros: dicionário de lugares-comuns e frases feitas, by Humberto Werneck.
  • Le Monde diplomatique; Brasil 3.28 (2009): 39.
  • “O mal e a metamorfose em Machado de Assis.” Luso-Brazilian Review 46.1 (2009): 57-74.
  • “Averrós.” Revista e 15.143 (2009): 42-44.
  • “Carmelo’s War: A one-act play for four actors,” 79-page typescript, competitively selected and read at the 32nd Comparative Drama Conference, Los Angeles, March 27, 2008.
  • Co-authored with Efraín Kristal, “Machado de Assis and the Question of Brazilian National Identity.”
  • Brazil in the Making: Facets of National Identity. Ed. Carmen Nava and Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr.
    New York: Rowman & Littlefield Inc., 2006. 17-28.
    in Portuguese: “Machado de Assis e a questão da identidade nacional brasileira.” Brasil:
    uma identidade em construção. Ed. Carmen Nava and Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr. São Paulo:
    Editora Ática, 2007. 27-38.
  • Co-authored with Valéria Costa e Silva, “The Meaning of Culture in Gilberto Freyre’s The Master and The Slaves.” Brazil in the Making: Facets of National Identity. Ed. Carmen Nava and Ludwig
    Lauerhass, Jr. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Inc., 2006. 45-67.
    in Portuguese, with updated bibliography: “O significado de cultura de Gilberto Freyre em Casa-grande & senzala.” Brasil: uma identidade em construção. Ed. Carmen Nava and Ludwig Lauerhass, Jr. São Paulo: Editora Ática, 2007. 55-78.
  • “Laszlo, Marisa e meu pai.” Lucero: A Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 17 (2006): 116-
    21.
  • “Othello, Hugo and Moral Emotions in Machado de Assis.” Latin American Shakespeares. Ed.
    Bernice W. Kliman and Rick Santos. Rutherford, New Jersey: Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2005. 166-
    182.
  • “Esaú e Jacó e os fins do humano.” Investigações: Linguística e Teoria Literária 17.1 (2004): 51-68.
  • “Pastoral e modernidade nos Poemas de Joaquim Cardozo.” Luso-Brazilian Review 41.2 (2004): 1-19.
  • Foreword, “Poetry, Island of All Languages: Poesia, ilha de todas as línguas.” Ed. Diniz Borges. On a Leaf of Blue: Bilingual Anthology of Azorean Contemporary Poetry. Berkeley: University of California; Institute of Governmental Studies Press, 2003. 13-16.
  • “Macunaíma. L’éroe senza nessun carattere.” Il romanzo: La cultura del romanzo. Vol. 1. Ed. Franco
    Moretti. Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore, 2001. 841-49. Published in English: “Macunaíma.” The Novel: Forms and Themes. Vol. 2. Ed. Franco Moretti. New Jersey, Princeton: Princeton UP, 2006. 896-905.
  • “Realism and Moral Reasoning: An Analysis of Machado de Assis’ Criticism of Eça de Queiroz.”
    Estudos Portugueses e Africanos 36 (2000): 5-20.
  • Machado de Assis’ Library: Drama and Deception in the Rise of Brazilian Realism. The Morrison
    Library Inaugural Address Series No. 16, Berkeley: Doe Research Library; University of California,
    1999. 32pp.
  • “A figura, o réquiem e a cerveja: Três visões de um Brasil entre Darcy Ribeiro e Antonio Callado.”
    Revista de crítica literaria latinoamericana 24.49 (1999): 217-30.
  • Published in English: “Nativism, Utopia and Death in Three Contemporary Brazilian Novels: A Comparative Reading of Quarup, Maíra and Expedição Montaigne.” Revista Letras 54 (2000): 89-105.
  • “O espelho, o papagaio e o latim: O espaço da mistura entre Pero Vaz de Caminha e Macunaíma.”
    Brasil/Brazil 21 (1999): 57-80.
  • “Nova continuidade dos parques.” Lucero: A Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 9
    (1998): 75-78.
  • “Crítica engajada e texto engasgado: Machado de Assis e Sílvio Romero na autonomização do campo literário brasileiro.” Chasqui; revista de literatura latinoamericana 26.1 (1997): 3-16.
  • “A sintaxe da vida: Ação e dissimulação em Senhora e Iaiá Garcia.” Espelho: Revista Machadiana 3
    (1997): 89-105.
  • Review of Casa-grande & senzala e a obra de Gilberto Freyre nos anos 30, by Ricardo Benzaquen de Araújo. Luso-Brazilian Review 35.1 (1998): 104-5.
  • “O modernismo na casa-grande: A infância da sociologia.” Estudos de Sociologia 1 (1995): 73-86.
  • “Hybris: Retórica da sedução ou força da explicação ambivalente?” Estudos de Sociologia 1 (1995): 99-107.
  • “Resistência e renovação: Aspectos do movimento modernista em Pernambuco.” Encontro: Revista do Gabinete Português de Leitura de Pernambuco 9/10 (1994): 51-55.
A photo of José Luiz Passos