Dr. Richard A. Gordon is Professor of Brazilian and Spanish-American Literature and Culture and Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute at the University of Georgia. His research focuses mainly on historical film and social identity, specifically, the capacity for cinema to influence how people understand the social groups that they belong to. Gordon’s first book, Cannibalizing the Colony: Cinematic Adaptations of Colonial Literature in Mexico and Brazil (Purdue University Press, 2009), analyzes how and why filmmakers in Brazil and Mexico appropriate and transform colonial narratives of European and indigenous contact into commentaries on national identity. His second book, Cinema, Slavery, and Brazilian Nationalism, which examines how a group of Brazilian films about slavery propose new ways to conceive of Brazilianness, is forthcoming with University of Texas Press. He is also in the process of co-editing a collection of essays, Beyond Tordesillas: Critical Essays in Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies. Gordon’s articles have appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Dieciocho: Hispanic Enlightenment, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Luso-Brazilian Review, Hispania, MLN, and Colonial Latin American Review.
Brazilian and Spanish-American Literature and Cinema
Ph.D., Brown University, 2002