Re-Orienting National Identity in Chang-Rae Lee’s Native Speaker and Bernardo Carvalho’s O sol se põe em São Paulo
Rex P. Nielson, an assistant professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at BYU, teaches all levels of Portuguese language, as well as a variety of courses on Luso-Brazilian literature and culture. Nielson’s research focuses primarily on gender in Brazilian culture, ecocriticism, and environmental ethics in Brazil and the global south, and language and literature pedagogy. He is writing a monograph on masculinity and men’s roles in Brazilian culture. Nielson received a PhD in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University.
WHEN Wednesday | 28 Sep, 12:00 PM
WHERE 238 HRCB
A comparative reading of the novels Native Speaker (1995), by the North American writer Chang-rae Lee, and O sol se põe em São Paulo (2007), by Bernardo Carvalho, allows for a reevaluation of how minority identities have been constructed in the two American megalopolises New York and São Paulo. The plotlines of both novels hinge on the identity crisis of a second-generation Asian immigrant.