Ligia Bezerra

Assistant Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
0202

Biography

Ligia Bezerra was born in Várzea Alegre, Ceará, Brazil. She moved to the United States in 2006, where she completed a master's in Portuguese at the University of New Mexico and a doctorate in Portuguese with a minor in cultural studies at Indiana University. She also holds a master's in linguistics from Universidade Federal do Ceará. She taught Portuguese and English language and linguistics in Brazil, and has taught Portuguese and Spanish language and Lusophone literature and culture in the United States. Bezerra's research interests include Latin American literature and culture, consumption, and everyday life. She has published articles in journals such as Chasqui, the Journal of Lusophone Studies (formerly known as ellipsis), and the Revista de Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea. Her book, A Consuming World: Imagining Everyday Life in Twenty-First Century Brazilian Fiction (Purdue University Press, forthcoming), presents an in-depth study of the representation of consumer culture in contemporary Brazilian literature, including the work of writers such as Ana Paula Maia, Marcus Vinícius Faustini and Fernando Bonassi. Her next project focuses on twenty-first century songs of protest in Brazilian Popular Music and investigates how Brazilian Popular Music is articulating resistance to anti-democratic forces in the current social and political climate.

Education

  • Ph.D. Portuguese; minor: Cultural Studies, Indiana University
  • M.A. Portuguese, University of New Mexico
  • M.A. Linguistics, Universidade Federal do Ceara 
  • B.A. Letras (Portuguese and English), Universidade Federal do Ceara

Research Interests

Consumer culture, everyday life, contemporary Latin American fiction, Lusophone literature and culture

Publications

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Citizens of Nowhere: Undocumented Migrants in Regina Rheda’s Narratives.” Veredas: Revista da Associação Internacional de Lusitanistas, no. 28, 2017, pp. 19-33. DOI: https://doi.org/10.24261/2183-816x28 

“The Business of Writing: Literature as a Commodity in Claudia Piñeiro’s Betibú.” Cultural Studies, vol. 33, no. 2, 2019, pp. 325-41. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/W3MDngECnAgqUbs53DNg/full

“A representação da cultura de consumo em Eles eram muitos cavalos.” Estudos de literatura brasileira contemporânea, vol. 48, 2016, pp. 177-190. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/2316-4018489

“Um quase-africano Fradique: Resignificações de Fradique Mendes em Nação crioula: a correspondência secreta de Fradique Mendes, de José Eduardo Agualusa.” Ellipsis, vol. 13, 2015, pp. 79-94.

http://apsa.us/ellipsis/13/bezerra.pdf

“Cenas cotidianas: Cultura de consumo e media em contos de André Sant’Anna.” Estudos de literatura brasileira contemporânea, vol. 45, 2015, pp. 261-79. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1590/2316-40184514

“Everyday Life in the McOndo World: Consumption and Politics in Claudia Piñeiro’s Las viudas de los jueves.Chasqui, vol. 41 no. 2, 2012, pp. 19-32.

“Sabiás, macieiras da Califórnia e cadáveres em campos de futebol: imagens do Brasil em três canções do exílio.” Lucero: A Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, vol. 20, 2010, pp. 34-46. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/9v98t7pg#page-14

Book Chapters

(Co-authored with Cecília Rodrigues, Ana Catarina Teixeira, and Naomi Wood). “Marketing Your Program.” Portuguese Handbook. Edited by Margo Milleret and Mary Risner. Boa Vista Press, 2016, pp. 64-95.

(Co-authored with Michael Gradoville). “A influência do gênero no uso de dois marcadores discursivos em elocuções formais.” Estudos sobre a língua culta falada em Fortaleza. Explorando dados do PORCUFORT. Edited by Clemilton Lopes Pinheiro,  SECULT, 2010, pp. 185-214.

“Jack soul brasileiro: identidade cultural e globalização na música de Lenine.” O charme dessa nação: música popular, discurso e sociedade brasileira. Edited by Nelson Barros da Costa, Expressão Gráfica, 2007, pp. 191-207.

“A vertente nordestina da Geração de 1990 da Música Popular Brasileira.” Cultura lúdica, discurso e identidades na sociedade de consumo. Edited by Maria de Fátima Vasconcelos Costa and Maria da Glória Feitosa Freitas, Expressão Gráfica, 2005, pp. 301-26.

“O nordeste falando para o mundo: Plurilingüismo em canções de Lenine, Chico César e Zeca Baleiro.” Práticas discursivas: exercícios analíticos. Edited by Nelson Barros da Costa, Pontes, 2005, pp. 171-84.

Articles in Refereed Conference Proceedings

“O posicionamento da vertente nordestina da Música Popular Brasileira: Uma análise de metacanções.” Proceedings of the 20th Jornada Nacional de Estudos Lingüísticos. João Pessoa: Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2004. 203-18.

“A influência do fator posição na concordância verbal no português brasileiro.” Proceedings of the 19th Jornada Nacional de Estudos Lingüísticos. Fortaleza: Universidade Federal do Ceará, 2002. 154-68.

 “A concordância verbal com sujeito simples e composto no português oral culto de Fortaleza.” Proceedings of the 3rd Encontro Cearense de Estudantes de Letras. Fortaleza: Universidade Estadual do Ceará, 2001. 185-98.

Translations

(Co-translated with Nelson Barros da Costa). Translation from English to Portuguese of Christopher Dunn’s “Senhor cidadão e o andróide com defeito: Tom Zé e a questão da cidadania no Brasil.” O charme dessa nação: música popular, discurso e sociedade brasileira. Edited by Nelson Barros da Costa, Expressão Gráfica, 2007, pp. 163-87.

Research Activity

Selected invited talks

2019, May        “The Book Industry in Claudia Piñeiro’s Betibú.” CCLAS Colloquium. Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom.

2019, Apr.        “Consuming Brazil: Twenty-First Century Narratives.” Lusophone Studies Keynote Presentation. 75th Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. Lexington, Kentucky.

2017, Dec.       “República Federativa do Consumo: Imagens do Brasil em O Brasil é bom, de André Sant’Anna.” VIII Simpósio Internacional sobre Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea: Escritas – Leituras – Resistências. Brasília, Brazil.

2017, May        “Português como língua estrangeira: O contexto acadêmico dos EUA.” Panel: Português Língua Estrangeira. Centro de Humanidades/Humanities Center, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.

2017, May        “Tropicalismos na Música Popular Brasileira dos anos 1990: Lenine, Chico César e Zeca Baleiro.” Ouvindo Letras. Department of Linguistics, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.

2017, Mar.       “The Academic Job Market.” 6th Annual Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Linguistics Conference. Graduate Student Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Selected conference presentations

2019, Jan.         “‘Golpe não!’ Brazilian Songs of Protest of the Twenty-First Century.” 2019 Modern Language Association Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

2018, Oct.        “Bursting the Bubble: The Consumption of Information in Bernardo Carvalho’s Reprodução.” International Conference of the American Portuguese Studies Association. Ann Arbor, Michigan.

2018, May        “Consuming Relationships in Contemporary Brazilian Fiction.” XXXVI International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association. Barcelona, Spain.

2017, Oct.       “Que país é esse? Fernando Bonassi’s Consuming Brazil in Luxúria.” New Cartographies Conference, Washington University. St. Louis, Missouri. October 2017.

2017, Apr.       “The Battle for Goods: Consumption and Citizenship in Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother.” Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association Conference. San Diego, California.

2016, Oct.       “Consumer Culture’s ‘Collateral Damage’ in Ana Paula Maia’s De gados e homens.” American Portuguese Studies Association Conference. Palo Alto, California.

2016, Oct.       “Desenvolvimento de um curso de nível intermediário: Relato de uma parceria através da Georgia Portuguese Program Association (GAPPA).” American Portuguese Studies Association Conference. Palo Alto, California.

Courses

Fall 2021
Course Number Course Title
POR 320 Portuguese Spanish Spkrs I
POR 484 Internship
POR 492 Honors Directed Study
POR 493 Honors Thesis
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2021
Course Number Course Title
SLC 194 Special Topics
POR 194 Special Topics
HON 194 Special Topics
POR 484 Internship
POR 492 Honors Directed Study
POR 493 Honors Thesis
POR 590 Reading and Conference
SPA 598 Special Topics
SLC 598 Special Topics
POR 598 Special Topics
Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
POR 484 Internship
POR 492 Honors Directed Study
POR 493 Honors Thesis
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2020
Course Number Course Title
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
POR 314 Portuguese Comp/Conversation
SPA 494 Special Topics
SLC 494 Special Topics
POR 494 Special Topics
HON 494 Special Topics
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
POR 313 Portuguese Comp/Conversation
POR 484 Internship
POR 492 Honors Directed Study
POR 493 Honors Thesis
POR 494 Special Topics
SLC 494 Special Topics
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
SLC 494 Special Topics
POR 494 Special Topics
SLC 598 Special Topics
POR 598 Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
POR 313 Portuguese Comp/Conversation
POR 484 Internship
POR 492 Honors Directed Study
POR 493 Honors Thesis
POR 494 Special Topics
SLC 494 Special Topics
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
POR 313 Portuguese Comp/Conversation
POR 484 Internship
POR 492 Honors Directed Study
POR 493 Honors Thesis
SLC 494 Special Topics
POR 494 Special Topics
SPA 494 Special Topics
POR 499 Individualized Instruction
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
POR 101 Elementary Portuguese
SLC 494 Special Topics
POR 494 Special Topics