Nicola Gavioli

Nicola Gavioli

Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese

Office: DM 482A

ngavioli@fiu.edu

Education

Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara

Research interests:

• Brazilian and Portuguese modern and contemporary literatures

• Comparative Literature

• Literature and medicine

• Memory Studies, War, and Witness Literature

• Human rights and activism in contemporary Brazilian culture

• Disability in Brazilian literature and cinema

• Queer culture

• Novels by António Lobo Antunes

Courses

  1. Accelerated Portuguese 1
  2. Accelerated Portuguese 2
  3. Intermediate Portuguese
  4. Brazilian Cinema
  5. Brazilian Cinema and Human Rights
  6. 20th Century Brazilian Novel: Poetic Memory
  7. Brazilian Short Stories
  8. Activist Writing in Contemporary Brazil
  9. An Introduction to Luso-African Writing: Angola, Cabo Verde, and Mozambique
  10. Medical Narratives and Ethics in Brazilian Fiction: Intersections
  11. 20th century Brazilian Bildungsroman
  12. Masterworks of Brazilian Literature
  13. Studies on Machado de Assis
  14. Cultural Representations of Brazilian Cities
  15. Witnessing War in Lusophone Cultures (GL)
  16. Portuguese Literature in Translation
  17. Contemporary Portuguese Novels
  18. Portuguese Translation 1 (forthcoming in Spring 2020)

Select Publications

Edited Book

Gavioli, Nicola and Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, co-editors. Literature and Ethics in Contemporary Brazil. New York: Routledge (Routledge Studies in Comparative Literature), 2017.

Book chapters

Gavioli, Nicola (and Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho). “On Behalf of the ‘Here and Now.’” In: Literature and Ethics in Contemporary Brazil. New York: Routledge, 2017.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Mythicizing Disability: The Life and Opinions of (what is left of) Estamira.” In: Libre Acceso. Ed. Susan Antebi and Beth E. Jörgensen. Albany: SUNY, 2016.

Academic Articles

Gavioli, Nicola. “Performances e reportagens da aniquilação.” Eds. Lisa Vasconcellos, Daniela Birman, and Rita Palmeira. Literatura e autoritarismo: A experiência do confinamento. 31 (2018): 77-97. https://periodicos.ufsm.br/LA/article/view/31051/18798

Gavioli, Nicola. “Bioethical Issues in Contemporary Brazilian Culture: Euthanasia and Literature.” Luso-Brazilian Review. Vol. 54. 2. (2017): 129-151. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Contemporary Nonfiction Writing on Catastrophe. Marco Paolini’s Ausmerzen and Daniela Arbex’s Holocausto brasileiro.” Chasqui - revista de literatura latinoamericana. May 2017. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Na sala de edição: ‘Mãe judia, 1964’ de Moacyr Scliar.” Estudos de literatura brasileira contemporânea. 43. Special issue on ‘Literatura e ditadura.’ (2014): 99-110. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Archeology of a Delirium: Machado de Assis and Giacomo Leopardi.” Espelho: Revista Machadiana 14/15 2008-09 (published 2012): 7-17. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “A Poetic System Against the Abyss: Fernando Pessoa’s Heteronyms and Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety.” Revista Letras. Paraná (Brazil) 82 2010 (published 2011): 237-246. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Sebald’s Still Life Devices against Interpretations: an Explanation of Austerlitz through Cortazar’s and Antonioni’s Cameras.” Mester 36 (2007): 109-122. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Eclipse e despedida: representações da doença de Alzheimer na cultura brasileira contemporânea.” XV ABRALIC. On-line: <abralic.org.br> “Anais XV encontro Abralic.” 2017.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Delirio y alcohol en la narrativa de la Guerra Colonial de António Lobo Antunes.”Aguas Santas de la Creación: Congreso Internacional Bebida y Literatura. II. Ed. Sara Poot-Herrera. Mérida: Dirección de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Mérida, 2010. 197–205. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Eça de Queirós e António Lobo Antunes: dois escritores de Lisboa.” Encruzilhadas / Crossroads. Symposium Journal. Ed. Claude Hulet. 2009. 159-164. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola. “Furnished Souls: Testimony and Art of Memory in Cristina Rivera- Garza’s Nadie Me Verá Llorar and Alda Merini’s Poetic Prose.” Ed. Sara Poot-Herrera, Francisco A. Lomelí and María Herrera-Sobek. Cien años de Lealtad en Honor a Luis Leal. I. Mexico: Oro de la Noche. 2007. 727–39. Print.

Invited Talks

“75 Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz: The Legacy of Primo Levi.” Holocaust Education Week. Miami Beach Regional Library. January 2020 (forthcoming).

“Jorge de Sena e a linguagem do mal.” Colloquium “100 Years of Jorge de Sena.” University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB). November 2019.

"Bioethics and Bare Life in Contemporary Brazil: Literary Representations of End-of-Life Issues, Literary Journalism, and Disability Studies." Lake Erie Latin American Cultural Studies group meeting. “Disability Studies in Latin America.” University of Rochester. September 2017.

“Contemporary Nonfiction Writing on Catastrophe.” “Romance Studies Speakers Series.” Duke University, March 2017.

Keynote speaker. Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Conference: Weapons of Social Justice: Reinvention through Language, Literature, and Culture. UCLA, Los Angeles, April 2016.

“Bioethical Issues in Contemporary Brazilian Culture.” School of International Letters and Cultures. Tempe, Arizona State University. February 2016.

Public Lecture. “Primo Levi: The Saved Word.” Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach. Holocaust Education Week. February 2016.

“Contemporary Brazilian Fiction and Urban Conflicts.” Centre College, Danville, Kentucky. April 2014.

“Ethics, Documentary Filmmaking and Disability in Latin America: A Brazilian Case Study.” FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center Research Methods Seminar. March 2013.

“Youth on the Margins: the Appropriation of the Coming-of-Age Novel as a Seminal Event in Brazilian Imagination.” The Hispanic Institute at Columbia University. February 2011.

Reviews

Gavioli, Nicola. “A comunidade desejada na obra de Luiz Ruffato.” Review of Minha primeira vez. Chasqui http://chasquirll.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Chasqui-Reviews-Nov2019.pdf

Gavioli, Nicola. “Coerência como resistência.” Review of Academic Journal Teresa n.17 (“Autoritarismo e violência”). Revista do Instituto de Estudos Brasileiros. 67. USP, Brazil, 2017. https://www.revistas.usp.br/rieb/article/view/137575/133202. Web.

Gavioli, Nicola. Review of Um solitário à espreita: crônicas by Milton Hatoum. (São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2013). Texto Híbridos: Revista de estudios sobre la crónica latinoamericana. https://textoshibridosblog.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/gavioli.pdf. Web.

Literary Interviews

Gavioli, Nicola. “Elogio do realismo: um encontro com Luiz Ruffato." Chasqui. http://chasquirll.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Chasqui-Reviews-Nov2019.pdf

Gavioli, Nicola. “‘A gente não mergulha no mundo do outro impunemente:’ uma conversa com Eliane Brum.” Journal of Lusophone Studies Vol. 2. No. 2 (Fall 2017). https://jls.apsa.us/index.php/jls/article/view/175 Web.

Gavioli, Nicola and Omar Miranda-Flores. “El libro es un trampolín que el lector utiliza para saltar dentro de sí mismo.” Interview with Cristina Rivera-Garza. Quimera. (2011): 14-21. Print.

Gavioli, Nicola and Omar Miranda-Flores. “Las Costuras de la Escritura, Fragmentos de una Entrevista a Cristina Rivera Garza.” Ventana Abierta, Revista Latina de Literatura, Arte y Cultura 27 (2009): 54–58. Print.

Gavioli Nicola and Omar Miranda-Flores. “O romance tem um caminho esplendoroso.” Interview with Rui Zink. Tinta. Research journal for Spanish, Lusophone, and Latin American Literatures and Cultures 10 (Spring/Autumn 2010).

Funding

FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center. Title VI Award for Course Development. ($ 5,000). Fall 2015.

FIU Latin American and Caribbean Center. Award for new course development. ($ 2,500). Fall 2013.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Seminar “Brazilian Literature: Twentieth-Century Urban Fiction” 2013 Participant Award. São Paulo, Brazil. Summer 2013.

Honors and awards

Co-Recipient (with my colleagues of Portuguese at FIU) of the Outstanding Institution Promoting Portuguese Language AOTP Annual Brazilian International Press Awards. 2012, 2014, and 2015

Nominated by the UCSB Spanish and Portuguese Department for the Outstanding Graduate Student Central Award. University of California Santa Barbara. 2010.

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award 2009 (University of California Santa Barbara. Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

Current Research Projects

Volumes

1. Book project on Memory Loss in Contemporary Brazilian and Portuguese fiction

2. Co-edited project (with Bruno Sales) on the novels by António Lobo Antunes

Academic Articles

1. "Untangling Memory Loss in Para aquela que está sentada no escuro à minha espera by António Lobo Antunes.”

2. On Jorge de Sena’s “criminal narrator” in Antigas e Novas Andanças do Demônio.