Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Idelber Avelar

Professor - Spanish & Portuguese

Contact Info


  • B.A., University of Minas Gerais, Brazilian/Anglo-American Literatures, 1990
  • M.A., University of North Carolina, Luso-Brazilian Literature, 1992
  • Ph.D., Duke University, Spanish and Latin American Studies, 1996

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2005-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1999-2005
  • Visiting Professor, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, 2001
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1999
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, 1996-1999

Research & Teaching Specializations: Postdictatorial Literature and Culture; Southern Cone and Brazilian Fiction; Literary Theory; Latin American Intellectual History; Brazilian Popular Music

Related Experience

  • Referee of candidacy to full professorships and of tenure cases for Georgia State University, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Maryland, University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Texas at Austin, Amherst College, University of Texas A & M, and University of New Mexico, 2004-2008
  • Appointed Member of Modern Language Association Task Force on Promotion and Tenure, 2004-
  • Appointed Member of Modern Language Association Committee on Scholarly Publishing, 2000-2003
  • Advisory Board of Profession, Modern Language Association, 2000-2002
  • Referee of manuscripts for Duke University Press, Luso-Brazilian Review, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos


  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, Book project on masculinity, 2010-2011
  • Brazilian Foreign Ministry International Award for best essay on Machado de Assis, 2006
  • Chilean Ministry of Education Grant for Visiting Faculty at The University of Chile, 2005
  • Rockefeller Resident Fellowship at The University of Chile, 2002
  • Brazilian Ministry of Education Fellowship for Visiting Faculty at The University of Chile, 2002
  • MLA Katherine Singer Kovacs prize for outstanding book in the fields of Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures, 2000
  • Joseph and Virginia Ellis Love Fellowship in Brazilian Studies, 1998
  • Andrew Mellon Research Grant, 1990-1992

Languages: Portuguese; Spanish; French; German; Italian

Selected Publications

  • 2014. “Contemporary Intersections of Ecology and Culture: On Amerindian Perspectivism and the Critique of Anthropocentrism.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 48(1): 105-121.
  • 2013. “Amerindian Perspectivism and Non-Human Rights.” Alter/Nativas: Latin American Cultural Studies Journal 1: 1-21.
  • 2011. Brazilian Popular Music and Citizenship. Co-edited with Christopher Dunn. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • 2011. Figuras da Violência: Ensaios sobre Narrative, Ética e Música Popular. Belo Horizonte: Editora UFMG.
  • 2009. “Unpacking the ‘human’ in human rights: Bare life in the age of endless war.” Human Rights in Latin American and Iberian Cultures. Ana Forcinito, Raúl Marrero-Fente, and Kelly McDonough, eds. Hispanic Issues Online. 5.1: 25-36.
    2009. “History, Neurosis, and Subjetivity: Gustavo Ferreyra’s Rewriting of Neoliberal Ruins.” In Telling Ruins in Latin America. Vicky Unruh and Michael Lazzara, eds. New York: Palgrave. 183-93.
  • 2008. “A mídia brasileira na encruzilhada entre o golpismo e a democratização.” Revista UFG – Universidade Federal de Goiás. 10 (5): 32-36.
  • 2007. “A Poetics of Discomfort: Teaching Puig with Babenco.” In Approaches to Teaching Puig’s The Kiss of the Spider Woman. Francine Masiello and Daniel Balderston, eds. New York: Modern Language Association of America. 141-149.
  • 2006. “Machado de Assis on Popular Music: A Case for Cultural Studies in 19th-century Latin America.” Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies. 13/14: 161-176.
  • 2004. The Letter of Violence: Essays on Narrative, Ethics, and Politics. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 1999. The Untimely Present: Postdictatorial Latin American Fiction and the Task of Mourning. Durham: Duke University Press.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Latin American Cultural Studies; Brazilian Cultural Studies; Literature of the Southern Cone; Brazilian Popular Music; Latin American Avant-Gardes; Violence in Latin American Literature and Film

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 10