Marília Librandi-Rocha

Assistant Professor of Brazilian Literature and Culture

Focal Groups:
    Philosophy and Literature


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On sabbatical, AY 2013-14


Marília Librandi-Rocha teaches Brazilian and Latin American Literature and Cultures at Stanford.  

Her first book, Maranhão-Manhattan. Ensaios de Literatura Brasileira (2009) examines the defense of fiction in the works of Sousândrade, Murilo Mendes, Paulo Leminski, and João Guimarães Rosa, in contrast to historical narratives and in dialogue with literary critics, philosophers and anthropologists.

She is currently working in her next book-length project, Writing by Ear. Brazilian Modern Fiction and the Poetics of Listening: Machado de Assis, Ramos, Rosa and Lispector. Going beyond the oral/writing divide, the book re-describes fictional texts in relation to the sense of hearing, and point to the dominant issue of listening in Modern Brazilian prose as a contribution to the theory of the novel and the actual debates on cultural studies, cosmopolitanism and World/Planetary literature.

Her other project-in-progress, Margins of Literature, concerns the relationship between literature and ethnography, from Tristes Tropiques to the Guarani Kaiowá letter, and the actual poetics of co-translation in South America, given continuity to the relationship between literary theory and Amerindian perspectivism addressed in her first book, and to the issue of listening in writings and its relation to land and human rights.

Librandi-Rocha edited and introduced the book Poemas-Vida(2008), and co-edited three recent special issues - “Literatura e Juizo de Valor”(2011), “Literatura e Viagem” (2010), and “História do Livro e da Leitura” (2009) -  of Floema, a journal of Literary Theory and History edited in Brazil.

Her recent articles have appeared in Culture, Theory & Critique, Critical Studies in Improvisation, EllipsisMantis, and are forthcoming in Luso-Brazilian Review, Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, and Letteratura D’América. A dossier on “Theories of the Contemporary in South America,” co-edited with Héctor Hoyos, is forthcoming at Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

She serves as book review editor of ellipsis, journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association(Apsa).

For a selection of writings, please click on the following link:


2003: PhD, Universidade de São Paulo, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature


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