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Dr Maite Conde

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

Maite Conde is a University Lecturer 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.

Her current book project examines cinematic developments and practices in Brazil from 1889 to 1930.

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.

This involves a sustained examination of theoretical debates regarding the productive dialogue between film and literary modernism in the early 1900s, discussions concerning cinema and modernity in Brazil’s First Republic, and the relationship between film and modern politics from the 1930s onwards.

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

Music, art, contemporary dance, travel.

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Publications, links and resources

Maite's first book Consuming Visions. Cinema, Writing and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro (Virginia University Press, 2012), 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. This book was awarded an Andrew Mellon award.

Her new book monograph, Foundational Films: Early Cinema and Modernity in Brazil (under contract with University of California Press) 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.

Maite also maintains an interest in Latin American social and cultural theory, and a particular interest in bringing key scholars into the Anglo American field. To this extent, she edited, translated, and wrote the introduction to Between Conformity and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), a collection of key essays by renowned Brazilian philosopher Marilena Chauí.

She is now currently completing an edited volume of essays by Brazilian film scholar Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes titled On Brazil and Global Cinema, jointly edited with Stephanie Dennison, for IB Tauris.

A further edited book project Manifesting Democracy? Urban Protest and the Politics of Representation in Brazil Post 2013 brings together Brazilian and British scholars and activists to examine the Brazilian protests of 2013 and their aftermath.

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