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Tulane University
Spanish & Portuguese Dept.
302 Newcomb Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118

phone: (504) 865-5518
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Rebecca Atencio 1

Rebecca Atencio
Associate Professor
Brazilian Cultural Studies
(504) 862-3401
Newcomb Hall 303 C

Rebecca Atencio joined the Tulane faculty in 2009 as Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her main area of research is Brazil's post-dictatorial literary and cultural production. Her forthcoming book examines a growing subset of contemporary Brazilian cultural works that contribute to national debates over the legacies of the military dictatorship (1964-1985) and that intervene in the country's process of transitional justice (i.e. the redressing of past human rights crimes). Recent and forthcoming publications include:



Selected articles and book chapters:

  • "Acts of Witnessing: Site-Specific Performance and Transitional Justice in Postdictatorship Brazil." Latin American Theatre Review. 46.2 (2013): 5-22.
  • "A Prime Time to Remember: Memory Merchandising in Globo's Anos Rebeldes."  Accounting for Violence: The Memory Market in Latin America. Eds. Ksenija Bilbija and Leigh Payne. Durham: Duke UP, 2011. 41-68. (awarded the Sturgis Leavitt Prize for Best Article 2011 by SECOLAS -- Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies).
  • "Reconciliation or Resistance? Fernando Gabeira's O que é isso, companheiro? and the Amnesty Law." Forthcoming in the Luso-Brazilian Review 51.1 (Fall 2014).

Encyclopedia entries:

  • "Art and Transitional Justice." Co-authored with Nancy Gates-Madsen. Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice. Vol. I. Eds. Lavinia Stan and Nadya Nedelsky. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2012. 117-123.

Professor Atencio created and currently oversees the blog Transitional Justice in Brazil.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Brazilian and Latin American literature, film, and cultural studies.

Tulane University, Spanish & Portuguese Dept., 304 Newcomb Hall, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5518