Princeton professor to give comparative literature lecture

November 04, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- At 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Pedro Meira Monteiro, professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, will present “Blister You All: The Calibanic Genealogy in Brazil,” in Room 102 of the Kern Building.

This is an investigation into how post-colonial readings of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" can help us understand the “Calibanic genealogy” that allowed certain authors to invert the fin-de-siècle assumptions that placed Ariel’s spiritual virtues ahead of Caliban’s raw corporeality. My hypothesis is that "Prospero’s Mirror" (an influential text by the U.S. scholar Richard Morse) is an “exaggerated” reading of Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s classic "Roots of Brazil" that imagines Ibero-America as the real promised land of Western civilization, as opposed to the failure of the United States as a civilizational model.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. – participants are encouraged to bring lunch; coffee and tea are free. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a 20-minute presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. Jon Abel ( and Shuang Shen ( are coordinators for the series. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit


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