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Geraldo Sousa

Professor, English
Primary office:
3121 Wescoe Hall



Research Interests
His research areas include Early Modern Studies, the Portuguese Colonial Empire, Renaissance Drama, Shakespeare, Luso-Brazilian Studies, Travel Literature, Global and Cross-Cultural Studies. Professor Sousa's research focuses on the cross-cultural interconnectedness of literature and culture and explores the intersection of various disciplines, including Renaissance literature, theater and stage history, Renaissance history, anthropology, history of architecture, and art history. His recent projects reflect an interest in the discourse of globalization, especially the emerging networks and evolving processes of cross-cultural and commercial exchange in the Renaissance. The cross-cultural theme also appears in his publications, such as Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters, and the most recent book, At Home in Shakespeare's Tragedies. His work in the field of Luso-Brazilian Studies includes "Alien Habitats in The Tempest," which addresses ecological issues in England (deforestation) and logging in Brazil in the 16th and early 17th centuries. "The Merchant of Venice: Brazil and Cultural Icons" deals with the staging of Shakespeare in Brazil and contemporary Brazilian race relations. "Portugal, North Africa, and Dryden's Don Sebastian" focuses on the Portuguese colonial empire, especially the 1578 conflict between Portugal and Morocco. Most recently, "Travel, Imagination, and the Strangest of Theaters," studies representations of Southeast Asia in 16th-century Portuguese texts. Prof. Sousa serves as the Chair of the Congress Program Committee for the Mediterranean Studies Association (MSA), and he has helped organize the annual international congresses of the MSA in Brazil and many other countries.
Selected Publications

At Home in Shakespeare's Tragedies (Ashgate, 2010)

Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2002)

Editor, Mediterranean Studies (Journal), vol. IX-XIX (Manchester UP)

Co-author, Shakespeare: A Study and Research Guide (U P of Kansas, 1995).

“The Local/Global Nexus in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.”  In Shakespeare and Immigration. Eds. David Ruiter and Ruben Espinosa.  Burlington, VT: Ashgate (forthcoming)

“Travel, Imagination, and the Strangest of Theaters: Mendes Pinto’s Travels and Gil Vicente’s Barca do Inferno.”Revista Científica/FAP 4. 1 (2009): 11-25.

“Portugal, North Africa, and Dryden’s Don Sebastian.” Clio: A Journal of Literature, History,and the Philosophy of History 37.3 (2008): 339-63.

"Unhoused in Othello." In Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare’s “Othello.” Ed. Peter Erickson and Maurice Hunt. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2005. Pp. 133-40.

"Alien Habitats in The Tempest." "The Tempest": Critical Essays. Ed. Patrick M. Murphy. New York: Routledge, 2001, 438-61.

"Timon of Athens and the Spectacle of Stripping." Dramaturgia & Teatro 1 (2000): 81-90.

"The Longevity of the Portuguese Empire: Problems and Hypotheses," by Francisco Bethencourt,Mediterranean Studies 9 (2000): 17-34. Translation.

"The Peasants' Revolt and the Writing of History in 2 Henry VI." In Reading and Writing in Shakespeare. Ed. David M. Bergeron. Newark: University of Delaware Press; London and Toronto: Associated University Presses, 1996. 178-193.

"The Merchant of Venice: Brazil and Cultural Icons." Shakespeare Quarterly 45 (1994): 469-74.

"Theatrics and Politics of Culture in Sixteenth-Century Brazil." Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 8 (1994): 89-102.

"Christopher Columbus." Cincinnati Enquirer, October 11, 1992. Newspaper column.

"O Elemento Negro nas Sátiras de Gregório de Mattos."  The Brazilians (New York) 75 (Oct. 1979): 30.


Fellow, Mediterranean Studies Association, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany, in Recognition for Outstanding Service to the Mediterranean Studies Association, May 28, 2008.

Mabel S. Fry Award for Teaching Excellence, Department of English (2007-2008)

The Byron Alexander Graduate Mentor Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service to Graduate Students, 2008.

Fulbright, 1977-82.

Courses Taught (Selected)

ENGL 498 Honors Proseminar: _____ 
ENGL 926: Shakespeare in the Global Age
PORT 394 Special Readings in Brazilian Studies 
PORT 785 Special Topics in Brazilian Cultural and Literary Studies: Cidade and Sertão & the Brazilian Novel


B.A. (Licenciatura Plena), UniCEUB—Brasilia, Brazil; Teacher-Training Certificate (TTC), USIS Casa Thomas Jefferson, Brasilia, Brazil; MA, MPhil, University of Kansas; PhD.  University of Kansas.

Language Competence
Portuguese, Spanish, French, Medieval Portuguese, Latin, Anglo-Saxon


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