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Dr. Narlan Matos Teixeira

Narlan Matos Teixeira
Narlan Matos Teixeira received his PhD in 2012 from the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Illinois, where he was awarded the Lemann Fellowship 2011. Previously, Narlan received a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the Federal University of Bahia, Salvador (2001) and an M.F.A. in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of New Mexico (2006).  Narlan is a specialist in Brazilian literature and culture—specifically, the genesis of Post-Modernism in Brazil as well as its association with counterculture and the Tropicália movement—and has a wide range of research interests beyond this. He has experience teaching Portuguese language classes at a variety of levels.
                             Curriculum Vitae
Narlan’s dissertation, Inventory of Chaos: Rogério Duarte, Tropicália and Post-Modernity is fundamental for the understanding of some unresolved theoretical questions related to Post-Modernity in Brazil. In 1968, Brazil witnessed the appearance of an influential cultural movement: Tropicália. It represented a revolution in aesthetics and greatly changed the thinking of the art world in general in Brazil. Tropicália also introduced the mass media industry in Brazil for the first time. Beyond this, it influenced the behavior of a whole generation in Brazil, which adopted the Tropicalist artists as role models. Four decades after this revolution in Brazilian culture, its theoretical origins remain obscure.  Narlan’s dissertation reveals the essential role played by pioneer Tropicalist designer Rogério Duarte’s essay Notes on Industrial Design, written in 1964, as the theoretical text that both initiated the Tropicália movement and announced post-modernity in Brazil. 
Narlan Matos, Gilberto Gil, Rogerio Duarte
Narlan (center) with Tropicalist artist Gilberto Gil (left) and Rogério Duarte (right).  Bahia, 2010.
by R. Duarte, N. Matos, M. Rosa, S. Cohn | Azougue Editorial 2003
Tropicaos is a collection of the literary and artistic works of Rogério Duarte, compiled by Narlan and Rogério. Included in this book is the text Notes on Industrial Design. In the introduction to Tropicaos, Narlan calls attention to the importance of Duarte for the recent history of Brazil and to the importance of Tropicaos for the studies on Tropicália, having already found sufficient proof of Rogério’s historical significance during the two years over which he organized Tropicaos and investigated Duarte’s remaining personal archives.

Narlan is broadly interested in Brazilian history and culture, with interests including Native and Afro-Brazilian heritage and how ethnic minorities and ‘marginal’ cultures have shaped the culture of Brazil. Complimentary to this is his interest in the literature and music of Brazil and Latin America in general.

Narlan Matos, Noan Chomsky
Narlan Matos and Noam Chomsky