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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. Some of his recent published works and presentations are highlighted below.
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.
- Saudade in Brazilian Cinema: The History of an Emotion on Film (Intellect, Forthcoming)
- Forró e o regionalismo redentor do nordeste brasileiro: Música popular em uma cultura de migração (Intermeios, 2014)
- Forró and Redemptive Regionalism from the Brazilian Northeast: Popular Music in a Culture of Migration (Peter Lang, 2010)
Recent book chapters:
- “Two Hungaries and Many Saudades: Transnational and Postnational Emotional Vectors in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema,” in Migration in Lusophone Cinema, ed. Cacilda Rêgo and Marcus Brasileiro (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
- “The Advent of Child-Centric Perspectives in Brazil’s Urban-Realist Cinema: Building on Feminist Representations of Outlaw Emotions in Drama and Documentary,” in Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema, ed. Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet (Lexington, 2014)
- “Music” (edited collection of solicited film criticism on ten Brazilian films with introduction), in Directory of World Cinema: Brazil, ed. Louis Bayman & Natalia Pinazza (Intellect Books, 2013)
Recent journal articles:
- “Materialist Horror and the Portrayal of Middle-Class Fear in Recent Brazilian Film Drama: Adrift (2009) and Neighbouring Sounds (2012),” Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas 13:2 (2016)
- “Racial Democracy and Interracial Marriage in Brazil and the United States,” The Latin Americanist (Sept. 2011)
- “Forró's Wars of Maneuver and Position: Popular Northeastern Music, Critical Regionalism, and a Culture of Migration,” Latin American Research Review 46:1 (Feb. 2011)
Recent & upcoming presentations:
- NEH On the Road Invited Speaker for Exhibition Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil, Central Methodist University, 2.19.16
- “Youth on Film in Brazil's Favelas: The Advent of Child-Centric Perspectives on Life at the Margins,” Noel P. Gist Seminar, University of Missouri, 9.25.14
- “Understandings of Racial Togetherness and Prejudice in Brazil and the United States: A Comparative Overview of Scholarly and Popular Discourses on Interracial Marriage since Jim Crow,” Presentation in the University of Missouri Office of the Chancellor’s Diversity in Action Faculty Seminar Series, 11.13.13
In the media:
- “Lights, Camera, Action…In Brazil,” by Shannon Sims, OZY, Apr. 18, 2015
- “Brazilian Documentary Elena Explores Culture, Society,” Global Journalist, May 29, 2014 (interview audio)
- “Sibling Tragedy, Nuanced Term Spark Brazilian Filmmaker’s Art,” by Amy Wilder, Columbia Daily Tribune, Apr. 6, 2014
- “Brazilian poet masterfully mines beauty from a hard earth and a tough past,” by Amy Wilder, Columbia Daily Tribune, Nov. 11, 2012
Current & future research:
Dr. Draper is continuing his work on a long-range 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. The first book Dr. Draper will publish based on his research in the area focuses on representations of saudade in 20th- and 21st-century Brazilian cinema, and is entitled Saudade in Brazilian Cinema: The History of an Emotion on Film.