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Lilian Passos Feitosa

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department for Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Office location and address
New Cabell Hall 464
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Lilian P. W. Feitosa finished her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2008. Her M.A. is also from UMass Amherst. She grew up in Brazil where she received her B.A. and teaching licensures in English and Portuguese from the Universidade de São Paulo before moving to the U.S. to study in 1996.

Her doctoral research surveyed all Brazilian writers translated into English, focusing on the women writers and, in particular, on Clarice Lispector, Carolina Maria de Jesus and Ana Maria Machado. Her research interests are wide ranging, from the study of gender in literary histories to Brazilian music and nation, from the representation of women and gender in picture books to children's literature in general.

She has published two articles about diasporic Afro-Brazilian children's books in the African children's literature journal Sankofa and she taught Portuguese and Brazilian culture at James Madison University from 2010-2012.

PORT 1110: Beginning Intensive Portuguese
Credits: 4
Introduces speaking, understanding, reading and writing Portuguese, especially as used in Brazil. Three class hours and one hour of online lab work. Followed by PORT 2120. No prior foreign language experience necessary. Requires instructor permission.
COLA 1500: College Advising Seminars
Credits: 1
COLA courses are 1-credit seminars capped at 18 first-year students, all of whom are assigned to the instructor as advisees. They are topically focused on an area identified by the faculty member; they also include a significant advising component centered on undergraduate issues (e.g., choosing a major, study abroad opportunities, undergraduate research, etc.). For detailed descriptions see
PORT 2050: Intensive Portuguese for Speakers of Spanish and other Romance Languages
Credits: 3
Portuguese 2050 is an accelerated Portuguese language and culture course that condenses two semesters (PORT 1110 and PORT 2120) into one. PORT 2050 is designed specifically for UVA undergraduate and graduate students who already possess an advanced level of fluency in one of the Romance languages. The pedagogical approach to PORT 2050 is both proficiency-oriented and task-based and the class will be conducted completely in Portuguese.
PORT 2120: Intermediate Intensive Portuguese
Credits: 4
Continued study of Portuguese through readings, vocabulary exercises, oral and written compositions, and grammar review. Prerequisite: PORT 1110 or equivalent.
PORT 2559: New Course in Portuguese
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics within the subject of Portuguese.
PORT 3010: Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition
Credits: 3
Studies advanced grammar through analysis of texts; includes extensive practice in composition and topical conversation. Prerequisite: PORT 2120 or by permission.
PORT 3559: New Course in Portuguese
Credits: 3
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics within the subject of Portuguese.