Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s Roots of Brazil is one of the iconic books on Brazilian history, society, and culture. Originally published in 1936, it appears here for the first time in an English language translation with a foreword, “Why Read Roots of Brazil Today?” by Pedro Meira Monteiro, one of the world’s leading experts on Buarque de Holanda.
The following was published in the 2011 Princeton University Emeritus Booklet.
It is very difficult to imagine Latin American literature at Princeton without Ricardo Piglia. He is not only an admired novelist but also an inspiring teacher and the author of brilliant essays on major Argentine writers and on the art of fiction. Piglia has been associated with Princeton for almost 25 years since his appointment as a fellow in the Council of the Humanities in 1987. During the 1990s he taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and returned to Princeton on several occasion as a visiting professor. He also taught at Harvard University and at the University of California-Davis. In 2001 he accepted a position in the newly created Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton and since then has been the Walter S. Carpenter Professor of Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain.
Pedro Meira Monteiro’s article in Folha de S.Paulo is a brief reflection on the role museums play in our daily lives, based on the Museo del Barrio’s exhibition “Nueva York (1613-1945)”. It was published on Jan 4, 2011 (Folha de S.Paulo, Ilustrada, p.E4).
Mario Vargas Llosa, PLAS Distinguished Visitor and winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, will give a lecture on Monday, October 11 at 7:30pm in Richardson Auditorium at Princeton University. The lecture, Breve discurso sobre la cultura, is free and open to the public.
Acclaimed Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, who is spending this semester as the 2010 Distinguished Visitor in Princeton University’s Program in Latin American Studies, has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. He also is a visiting lecturer in Princeton’s Program in Creative Writing and the Lewis Center for the Arts.