Marina Bedran

Marina Bedran

Assistant Professor of Lusophone Literatures and Cultures

Program: Portuguese
Gilman 481

Marina Bedran is Assistant Professor of Lusophone Literatures and Cultures. She works on Brazilian literature and visual culture from the nineteenth century to the present, emphasizing exchanges between Latin American and the Lusophone world.

She received her Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese from Princeton University, where she was awarded a Lassen Fellowship from the Program in Latin American Studies – PLAS (2014–15) and a Dissertation Fellowship from the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies ­– PIIRS (2019–20). Her dissertation explored questions of ecology, indigeneity, and temporality in experimental media-based art and writing, demonstrating how Brazilian artists, writers, and filmmakers since the postwar staked out a critique of sate-led modernization projects by turning to Amazonia. In doing so, they anticipated more recent reevaluations of modernity and cultural engagement with Amazonia in anthropology, archeology, history, and literary and cultural studies.

She has a master’s degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of São Paulo. Before coming to the United States, she has also worked at Brazilian cultural institutions such as Instituto Moreira Salles – IMS and Casa do Saber. She currently serves on the editorial board of Revista Rosa.

Literary readings across the Lusophone World

Planet Amazonia: Culture, History, and the Environment

Her publications have discussed Brazilian conceptual art and photography, 1970s experimental films about Amazonia, and the correspondence of Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James, which she translated to Portuguese.

Select Publications

“The Third Millenium: Jorge Bodanzky’s Delirious and Prescient Amazonian Message,” ReVista – Harvard Review of Latin America, July 2020.

“Talvez o último romântico: Robert Louis Stevenson da Ilha do Tesouro aos mares do sul.” A Ilha do Tesouro, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Rio de Janeiro, Antofágica, 2019, pp. 345–362.

“Iracema 1865/1974.” Ecologia e (In)Giustizia in Brasile, special issue of Letterature d’America, no. 170, 2018, pp. 21–42.

A Aventura do estilo—ensaios e correspondência de Henry James e Robert Louis Stevenson. Introduction, Selection, Translation, and Notes by Marina Bedran. Rio de Janeiro, Editora Rocco, 2017.