Jack A. Draper III

Jack Draper III
Associate Professor of Portuguese, Portuguese Language Coordinator
129 Arts & Science Bldg

Ph.D., Literature, Duke University, 2005

Graduate Certificate in Latin American Cultural Studies, Duke University, 2005

Graduate Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Duke University, 2003

B.A. with High Honors, Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley,  1999


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 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.

Current & future research:

Dr. Draper recently completed his book project on nostalgia in Brazilian cinema, which will be published as Saudade in Brazilian Cinema: The History of an Emotion on Film (Intellect Books) in December 2017. Currently he is working on a translation and critical edition of Mário Filho’s classic work of soccer literature and history, O negro no futebol brasileiro.

Select Publications
  • Saudade in Brazilian Cinema: The History of an Emotion on Film (Intellect, December 2017)
  • 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
  • “Reading Race and Gender in The Black Man in Brazilian Soccer and Beyond,” in The Routledge Companion to Gender, Sexuality and Mass Culture in Latin America, ed. Frederick Luis Aldama (Routledge, forthcoming)
  • Preface to Salgado Maranhão’s poetry collection A sagração dos lobos (Editora 7Letras, 2017)
  • “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)
Recent journal articles
  • Materialist Horror and the Portrayal of Middle-Class Fear in Recent Brazilian Film Drama: Adrift (2009) and Neighbouring Sounds (2012)
  • “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
  • “Gender in the Cangaceiro Imaginary of 20th and 21st Century Brazilian Cinema,” in the Cultural and Literary Relations between Mexico and Brazil panel at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 10.26.17
  • “Reading Race and Gender in The Black Man in Brazilian Soccer and Beyond,” in the panel Raça, identidade étnica, futebol e violência at the Popular Culture Association Conference (Brazilian Popular Culture Section), San Diego, CA, 4.14.17
  • “Forró: síntese ou duelo do rural e urbano?” [Forró: synthesis or duel of the rural and the urban?], invited presentation at the Salão do Livro do Piauí (Salipi Book Festival) in Teresina, Brazil, 6.12.16
  • “Haptic and Optical Cinematic Approaches to Childhood Memories in Brazilian Cinema in the 1950s and the Present Decade,” in the Sound and Touch: Exploring Non-Visual Strategies in Brazilian Cinema panel, Brazilian Studies Association conference, Brown University, 3.31.16
  • 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
In the media
Recent translations