The job talk of Robert Newcomb, Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Time: 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Kravis Center, Lower Court, 61

The Claremont McKenna College Modern Languages and Literatures Department invites you to attend the job talk of Robert Newcomb, Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of California, Davis Candidate for Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese

 “Obscured Roots of Rodó in Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s Raízes do Brasil”

In this talk, adapted from the book Nossa and Nuestra América: Inter-American Dialogues (Purdue, 2012), Prof. Newcomb argues that the Brazilian historian and critic Sérgio Buarque de Holanda was substantially influenced by the Uruguayan writer José Enrique Rodó. While Rodó’s arielismo informs a good deal of Buarque’s writing, including the classic study Raízes do Brasil (Roots of Brazil, 1936), the Brazilian failed to acknowledge the Uruguayan’s contribution. Prof. Newcomb argues that Buarque’s effective obscuring of Rodó is symptomatic of a broader “hispano-skepticism” in Brazilian literary and intellectual life, which tends to affirm the idea of Brazilian national exceptionalism and downplay cross-border ties and broader regional identifications.

For more information, please contact Salvador Velazco,, (909) 607-7984