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Marília RibeiroAssociate Teaching Professor of Portuguese


Professor Marília Scaff Rocha Ribeiro holds a Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University and a BA in English from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), in her hometown of Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

She is the author of Geografias íntimas: espaço e experiência na ficção brasileira contemporânea(Unimontes, 2017), which explores how the recourse to autofiction and other modes of self-referencing in contemporary Brazilian novels is taken in conjunction with a “geographical turn” in the humanities—namely, with the shift from a temporal emphasis to a spatial one—to give rise to critical discourses about the subject and space, be it local, regional, national, or global. Her scholarly articles have been published in journals such as Brasil/BrazilLuso-Brazilian Review, the Journal of Lusophone Studies (formerly ellipsis), the Bulletin of Hispanic StudiesRomance NotesHispanófila, and Revista Letras, among others.

Prior to her appointment at Emory, Professor Ribeiro taught at Michigan State University, Harvard University, Brown University, and at the Middlebury Summer Portuguese Language School. More recently, she has also held positions in Brazil at IFMG and at CEFET-MG.

Scholarly Interests

Modern and contemporary Brazilian fiction

Narrative theory

Life narratives

Editing and translation