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Richard Vernon

Richard Vernon

Teaching Professor
Director of Portuguese Language Instruction, Undergraduate and Study Abroad Portuguese Advisor
Dey Hall 222


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001

MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1996

BA, Brigham Young University, 1994

About Professor Vernon

Richard Vernon teaches various periods of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literature as well as Spanish and Portuguese language courses. His research embraces Portuguese, Brazilian, and Luso-African authors from the 16th-20th century. He specializes in non-traditional and marginal literary forms that are appropriated for social and political subversion, for example 18th-century Portuguese street literature and Brazilian children's literature from the period of the military dictatorship.

Doctor Vernon has received two grants from the Luso-American Development Foundation to study relevant documents in the Portuguese National Archive, the Torre do Tombo, and the Lisbon National Library to research for his current book project, which deals with social debates concerning the increasingly malleable class and gender roles that occurred within the medium of Portuguese 18th-century chapbook literature.

In addition to articles on canonical lusophone writers and on cordel literature in Portugal, he also has published a book chapter on the use of food in Brazilian Children's literature, a comparative article on American and Portuguese children's literature, as well as several reference articles on Brazilian writers.

Publications, Articles, & Presentations

Translation: The Formation of Candomblé: History and Ritual of the Jeje Nation in Brazil. By Luis Nicolau Parés. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2013.

Edited Volume: The Dictionary of Literary Biography: Lusophone African Writers. Monica Rector and Richard Vernon eds. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2012.

Book Chapter: “Sugar or Spice: The Flavor of Independent Identity in Brazilian Children’s Literature.” Critical Approaches to Food in Children’s Literature. Eds. Kara Keeling and Scott Pollard. New York: Routledge, 2008. 180-190.

Article: “Abandoning the Garden: the Querelle des Femmes in 18th-Century Literatura de Cordel.” Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies special issue. Ed. Arnaldo Saraiva. 9 (2009): 102-119.

Typical Courses

PORT 101, 102, 203, & 204

PORT 270--Modern Brazilian Literature in Translation

PORT 275--Lusophone Literature in Translation (Africa, Brazil, and Portugal)

PORT 385--Luso-African Literature in Translation

PORT 387--Brazilian Religious Movements through Film and Literature

PORT 401-402--Accelerated Portuguese for Speakers of Another Romance Language