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PhD, Duke University, 2005
Dr. Draper's general field of research is Latin American Cultural Studies and he specializes in Brazilian literature, music, cinema and popular culture. His first monograph is Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast: Popular Music in a Culture of Migration (Lang, 2010). The analytical framework for this study of the forró musical genre is primarily grounded in literary and cultural studies, subaltern studies and history. This unique theoretical approach reveals the broad historical development of the genre and its participants' evolving efforts to represent the Brazilian Northeast, its people, and their large-scale migration.
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Dr. Draper is also continuing his work on a book-length research project analyzing Brazilian representations of saudade (a Portuguese word for a structure of feeling combining love, remembrance, and grief). This project explores the intellectual history developed around saudade from medieval Portugal to present-day Brazil, and utilizes a critical look at this history to contextualize and analyze the ideology and psychology of saudade in the elite and popular literary, musical and filmic production of Brazil in the 20th and 21st centuries. The project also frames the study of saudade within the literature of the emergent interdisciplinary field of emotion studies / affect theory.
Professor Draper is the Portuguese Language Coordinator of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department and developed the Minor in Luso-Brazilian Area Studies (link opens new window) for undergraduates desiring a focus on Luso-Brazilian cultures and/or peoples in their coursework. Potential minors should feel free to contact him for further information.
Dr. Draper also co-chairs the department's Faculty and Graduate Student Seminar Series.
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