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(Faculty includes core faculty and faculty visiting in the current academic year.)

 

 

Core Faculty

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Brett Bourbon
Regular Visiting Associate Professor, PhD Harvard University.
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Holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (BA, 1985) and Davis (MA, 1990), and from Harvard University (PhD, 1996).   After several years at Stanford he is currently associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Dallas.  Since 2000 he has frequently lectured in the Program, where he also was the Fulbright Visiting Scholar in 2002/3, and to where he was regularly appointed, 2011-2015.   His main interests include medieval theology, Joyce, Wittgenstein, the philosophy of language, and moral philosophy.  He is the author of Finding a Replacement for the Soul (2004).   His next book will be The Faces of Words
 
 
 
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António M. Feijó
Professor. PhD Brown University. 
 
Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1977; “Agregação”, 2003), the State University of New York, Albany (MA, 1980), and Brown University (PhD, 1985), and also teaches in the English Department.   His main interests include Shakespeare, Romanticism and Modernism, and Critical Theory.  He is the author of O ensino da teoria da literatura e a universidade (1994) and of a book on Wyndham Lewis, Near Miss (1998).   Has published translations of Otway, Shakespeare, Wilde, and John Ashbery. He is completing a book on Fernando Pessoa, is the head of the Estranging Pessoa research project, and, after having been Dean of the School of Letters (2009-2013) is currently vice-president of the University.  
 
  
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Ângela Fernandes
Assistant Professor. PhD Universidade de Lisboa.
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Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1994; MA, 2000; PhD, 2009), where she also teaches in the Romance Literatures Department, besides being a member of the Comparative Literature Centre. Her interests include literary theory, comparative literature and Hispanic studies. She is the author of Os Efeitos da Literatura. Algumas Questões de Arte e de Moral (2004) and of A ideia de humanidade na literatura do início do século XX (2013).
 
 
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João R. Figueiredo, Director of Graduate Studies
Assistant Professor.  PhD Universidade de Lisboa.
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Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1995; MA, 2000; PhD, 2006), where he also teaches in the Romance Literatures Department.  His interests include aesthetics, art history, Italian Studies, and Renaissance literature.  He is the author of A Autocomplacência da Mimese (2003) and of several essays on Camões.  He is currently preparing a commentary edition of Camões' Os Lusíadas and writing a long essay on Guido Reni.
  
 
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Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Regular Visiting Professor, PhD Universität Konstanz.
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Has studied at the Universities of Munich, Regensburg, Salamanca and Konstanz, wherefrom he holds his PhD (1971) and wherein he obtained his Habilitation (1974).   Since 1989 he has taught at Stanford University.   Since 1996 he has frequently lectured in the Program, where he also was Visiting Professor in 1995/6 and 2005/6, and to where he was regularly appointed, 2011-2015.   Has received an honorary degree from the University of Lisbon (2009).  Although he trained as a Medievalist, his interests include the history of ideas in the 20th Century, aesthetics, and the history of transatlantic cultural relationships and tensions since the 18th Century.  He is the author of numerous books, among which In 1926 (1997), The Powers of Philology (2003), Production of Presence (2004), Stimmungen Lesen (2011), and, recently, Nach 1945. Latenz als Ursprung der Gegenwart (2012). He is a regular contributor to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the journal Merkur.
 
 
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José Miranda Justo
Associate Professor. PhD Universidade de Lisboa.
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Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1975; PhD, 1990), namely a doctorate on History of the Philosophy of Language.  He is a member of the Philosophy Center where he is the general editor of the Portuguese translation of Kierkegaard’s works.   Has taught courses on aesthetics and the philosophy of art, philosophy of language, hermeneutics, translation studies, and has published regularly on all these subjects.  Has translated, among others, works of Hamann, Herder, Novalis, Kleist, Nietzsche, Kafka, Rilke and Kierkegaard.
 
 
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Miguel Tamen, Chair
Professor. PhD University of Minnesota.
 
Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1982; MA, 1985; “Agregação”, 1995) and from the University of Minnesota (PhD, 1989).   At the University of Lisbon, he also teaches in the Romance Literatures Department.  Since 2000 a regular Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago, he has been a senior fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center (2003/4) and at the National Humanities Center (2010/11).  His main interests include philosophy and literature. Has written six books, among which Friends of Interpretable Objects (2001) and, recently,  What Art Is Like, In Constant Reference to the Alice Books (2012).  He is a regular columnist in Common Knowledge.
 
  
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António Zilhão
Senior Associate Professor. PhD University of London.
 
Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1985; MA, 1991), in whose Philosophy Department he also teaches, from the University of London (PhD, 1998) and from the Universidade de Coimbra (“Agregação”, 2008).   His interests include decision theory, evolution theory (neo-Darwinian synthesis), and cognitive psychology.   He has translated works by Frege and Carnap and is the author and editor of several books, namely Evolution, Rationality and Cognition (2005).
 
 
 
 
Visiting Faculty, 2013/2014

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Ana Almeida
Postdoctoral Fellow, Philosophy and Literature Network Visiting Teaching Fellow, PhD Universidade de Lisboa.
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Holds degrees from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (BA, 2004) and the Universidade de Lisboa (MA, 2006; PhD, 2012) and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Program in Literary Theory. Her interests include philosophy and literary studies. She has written on amateurs and also on inseparability.  She is currently working on a manuscript on the idea of family.

 

 
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Mariana Gray de Castro
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford-Universidade de Lisboa. PhD University of London.
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Holds degrees from the University of Oxford (BA, 2002; MA 2005) and from King's College, University of  London (PhD, 2010), and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Program. She was a visiting lecturer at Oxford.   Her interests include Fernando Pessoa and its British influences (Oscar Wilde, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, etc.). Has written extensively on Fernando Pessoa and has recently edited the collection Fernando Pessoa's Modernity Without Frontiers: Influences, Dialogues and Responses.
 
 
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John Jean
Fulbright Scholar in the Humanities, PhD University of Texas. 
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Holds degrees from the University of Texas (BS, 1979; PhD, 1987) and, after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, has taught at Washington University St. Louis, and is currently Associate Professor of Chemistry, History and the Philosophy of Sciences at Regis University.   His research interests include theoretical and experimental physical chemistry; philosophy of quantum mechanics, particularly the history and current status of the Copenhagen Interpretation.
 

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Cristina Pimentel
Professor. PhD Universidade de Lisboa.
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Holds degrees from the Universidade de Lisboa (BA, 1976; MA, 1985; PhD, 1993, Agregação, 2003) and she also teaches in the Classics Department.  Her interests include Latin literature, namely Seneca, Martial (on whom she has written extensively) and Tacitus.  She is a translator of Propertius and Saint Augustine.