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Research project: Stardom and Intertextuality in Brazilian Cinema

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This project funded two workshops and an exchange of established scholars and postgraduate researchers between the UK and Brazil, which resulted in a number of joint publications.

Other participants in the exchange included experts from the Universities of Liverpool and Leeds, Columbia University in the United States, and colleagues from the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil. The central issues addressed by the two workshops were stardom and intertextuality in Brazilian film. The first seminar investigated how star images or ‘texts’ address and shape societal attitudes to race, gender, sexuality, class and religion at any given time. Intertextuality was assessed through the influence of television, and the contribution of popular music, including the traditions of samba, but also more recent trends such as hip hop, funk, and the mangue beat movement from North-Eastern Brazil.

This was a project funded with £20,000 through the British Academy’s UK- Latin America and Caribbean Link Programme.

Associated research themes

National, transnational and global identities in cinema and television

illustration of Carmen Miranda
Carmen Miranda
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