Before becoming a graduate student in Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard, I studied the poetry produced in Portugal and Brazil during the eighteenth century for a few years. Even though I remain very interested in that period, the focus of my research has changed since 2019. Currently, I am particularly interested in the first encounters of many different civilizations that were caused by the arrival of the Europeans in the Americas during the late 15th and early 16th centuries. Those first encounters of different Amerindian, African and European societies on American (lato sensu) soil produced a series of overlapping alterities that have reshaped the world during those crucial decades. My research, still in its early stages, will try to deal with that through a truly transdisciplinary perspective.
Obras Poéticas de Alvarenga Peixoto (2020)
In 2020, I published my edition of the poetic works by Alvarenga Peixoto (Obras Poéticas de Alvarenga Peixoto) in Brazil. Ateliê Editorial and the Brazil Office of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) joined efforts to ensure the viability of this project even during such challenging times. The book is the result of the graduate studies I developed at the Universidade de São Paulo under Professor João Adolfo Hansen's supervision and funding from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). During those years, I visited several public archives in Brazil and Portugal searching for the manuscripts where the works of Alvarenga Peixoto were preserved for the past over 200 years. In this book, I publish the 34 poems which had previously been published by M. Rodrigues Lapa (1960) and Francisco Topa (2008), one poem written by Bárbara Heliodora Guilhermina da Silveira (1759-1819), Alvarenga Peixoto's wife, and 6 other poems that I was lucky enough to find during my archival research, and to bring them back to the public's eyes after over two centuries lost among the dust of the archives.
The research that led to this book was made possible by public funding from Brazil, and by the existence of free, public and high-quality universities which have always contributed immensely to the cultural and scientific development of Brazilian society. It is with that sense of collective responsibility that I decided to upload a free copy of my book so anyone who is interested in its content can download it and take full advantage of it for free. I thank Ateliê Editorial for collaborating with me in this little step towards the democratization of knowledge. To download the book, click here.