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Pedro Erber

Program Director of EAP, Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, Department of Romance Studies
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Pedro Erber specializes in Brazilian literature, intellectual history, and visual culture. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University (2009), M.A. from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000), and B.A. from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1998). He is the author of Política e Verdade no Pensamento de Martin Heidegger  (P.U.C.-Rio/Loyola, 2003) and articles on political thought, Brazilian and Japanese art, literature, and aesthetics. His recently completed monograph  Breaching the Frame: The Rise of Contemporary Art in Brazil and Japan is forthcoming with University of California Press.  His further research interests include articulations of art, politics, and economics; peripheral modernisms; the philosophy of the Kyoto School; Lusophone literature and culture.  At Cornell he teaches courses on Brazilian critical theories, Brazilian and Lusophone literatures, Brazilian visual arts and cinema, aesthetic theory, and core courses on Brazilian studies.

Research Interests

  • Brazilian intellectual history, literature, and visual culture
  • Theories and histories of modernism; art and politics
  • 20th-century Japanese intellectual history, literature, and art
  • Critical theory and political thought
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