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Dr Maite Conde

Fellow, Director of Studies in Modern and Medieval Languages (Part II and Year Abroad)
University Reader in Brazilian Studies and Visual Culture
Brazilian studies

Maite Conde is a University Reader in Brazilian Studies and a Fellow of Jesus College.  She is Director of Studies for Part II and the Year Abroad in Modern and Medieval Languages.

Academic interests

Maite Conde's academic interests include:

  • Brazilian cinema
  • 19th and 20th century Brazilian literature
  • Latin American cultural theory
  • Brazilian urban culture and the visual arts.

Degrees obtained

  • MA Hons, Glasgow.
  • MA, London.
  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles.


Maite Conde’s research focuses on Brazilian culture, with a particular emphasis on film and literature. More specifically her work engages with questions concerning the relationship between cinema, literature, and modernity in Brazil. She also has a sustained interest in social and cultural theory from Latin America.  

Maite has previously taught at Oxford University, King’s College London, and Liverpool University, and in the United States, at Columbia University in New York, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

She has been awarded research fellowships at Oxford University from 2004 to 2005 and at King’s College London from 2009 to 2011, and in 2013 was research fellow at the University of São Paulo in Brazil.

Other interests

Scuba diving, running, tennis, and travel.

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Publications, links and resources

Consuming Visions. Cinema, Writing and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro (2012), this book explores the relationship between cinema and writing in early 20th century Brazil, focusing on how the new and foreign medium of film was consumed by a literary society in the throes of modernization. The book was awarded an Andrew Mellon award.

Foundational Films: Early Cinema and Modernity in Brazil (2018) expands on this interest in early cinema in Brazil by looking at the arrival and dissemination of the medium in the modernising period of the First Republic. This book received the Katherine Singer Kovacs award for an outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the fields of Spanish or Latin American Literatures and cultures by the Modern Language Association. It also received an honourable mention for the Antonio Candido award for the best book on Brazil by the Latin American Studies Association, and was a finalist for the Richard Wall Memorial Prize by the Theatre and Film Library Association.

Maite has also edited the following books: 

  • Between Conformity and Resistance (2011).
  • Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes: On Brazil and Global Cinema (2018).
  • Manifesting Democracy? Urban Protest and the Politics of Representation in Brazil Post 2013 (2020).

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