Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, Undergraduate Portuguese Adviser, Co-director of UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group
Professor Robert Patrick Newcomb (Ph.D., Brown University) teaches Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic/Latin American literatures at UC Davis. He is co-director of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese's undergraduate program in Portuguese. He is also founder and co-director of the UC Comparative Iberian Studies Working Group.
His research focuses on comparative approaches to Luso-Hispanic literatures, with emphasis placed on the late 19th/early 20th centuries, the essay, and literary relations between writers operating in the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds.
His publications include the books Nossa and Nuestra América: Inter-American Dialogues (Purdue, 2011) and Iberianism and Crisis: Spain and Portugal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Toronto, 2018), the edited volumes Beyond Tordesillas: New Approaches to Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies (w/ Richard A. Gordon, Ohio State, 2017) and Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Iberia, and Africa (w/ Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, and Pedro García-Caro, Liverpool, 2019), and a translation of Alfredo Bosi's Brazil and the Dialectic of Colonization (Illinois, 2015).
His current manuscript projects are Across the Waves: Imagining Luso-Brazilian Community at the Turn of the Twentieth Century, which will examine efforts by writers from Brazil, Portugal, and Portuguese-speaking Africa to articulate a sense of transnational Lusophone community decades before the articulation of discourses such as "Luso-Tropicalism" and "Lusofonia," and In the Shadow of the Rock: Writing Gibraltar into the World, which is intended to be the first book-length study of Gibraltar's multilingual literary expression in Spanish, English, and Llanito.
EDUCATION AND DEGREES
Ph.D., Luso-Brazilian Studies, Brown University
MA, Luso-Brazilian Studies, Brown University
BA, Luso-Brazilian Studies/International Relations, Brown University
- Comparative Luso-Hispanic studies
- Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic/Latin American literature and culture (primarily 19th-20th c.)
- Iberian studies and Iberianism
- Gibraltar and Gibraltarian literature
- The essay, theory, and criticism
- Poetry, poetics, and translation
- Theory and methodology of comparative literature
- Literature and philosophy
RECENT COURSES TAUGHT
- Spanish 274: Zonas de contato: Lusophone Narratives of Encounter
- Spanish 274: Theories of Iberia and Latin America
- Spanish 274: Problems of Knowledge in Luso-Hispanic Literature
- Spanish 274: Luso-Hispanic Encounters
- Spanish 224: Introduction to Iberian Studies
- Spanish 272: Culture and Resistance in Luso-Brazilian Literature
- Portuguese 162: Introduction to Brazilian Literature
- Portuguese 161: Luso-Brazilian Literature and Culture
- Portuguese 100: Principles of Luso-Brazilian Literature and Criticism
- Portuguese 031G: Portuguese for Spanish-speaking Graduate Students
- Spanish 159: Brazilian Literature in English Translation
- Spanish 157: Cross-Border Fictions
- Spanish 100: Principles of Hispanic Literature and Criticism
- Iberianism and Crisis: Spain and Portugal at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Toronto, 2018)
- Nossa and Nuestra América: Inter-American Dialogues (Purdue, 2011)
- Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Iberia, and Africa (co-edited w/ Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Sebastiaan Faber, and Pedro García-Caro, Liverpool, 2019)
- Beyond Tordesillas: Critical Essays in Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies (co-edited w/ Richard A. Gordon; Ohio State, 2017)
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS (2014-PRESENT)
- “Figurations of the Negra in Gonçalves Crespo and Caetano da Costa Alegre,” Luso-Brazilian Review 56.2 (2019)
- “Iberianism’s Lessons for Iberian Studies,” Catalonia, Iberia and Europe. Ed. David Duarte and Giangiacomo Vale; Aracne editrice, 2019
- “Across the Waves”: The Luso-Brazilian Republic of Letters at the Fin de Siècle,” Transatlantic Studies: Latin America, Iberia, and Africa. Ed. Cecilia Enjuto Rangel, Pedro García-Caro, Sebastiaan Faber, and Robert Patrick Newcomb; Liverpool University Press, 2019
- “João do Rio in Portugal: Counterfeit Currency and Luso-Brazilian Desleixo,” Journal of Lusophone Studies 3.2 (2018)
- “Dois Povos Irmãos: a comunidade imaginada luso-brasileira na última década do século XIX,” Letterature d’America, no. 165, anno XXXVII (2017)
- “A Ideia de Sobranceria no Ensaio Luso-Brasileiro de Interpretação Nacional.” Circulação literária e cultural. Ed. José Luís Jobim. Bern: Peter Lang, 2017
- “The Idea of Sobranceria in the Luso-Brazilian Essay of National Interpretation.” Literary and Cultural Circulation. Ed. José Luís Jobim. Bern: Peter Lang, 2017
- “A Poetry of Flesh and Bone: Miguel de Unamuno and Miguel Torga,” Portuguese Studies 30.1 (2014)
REVIEWS, NOTES, AND MISCELLANEOUS (2014-PRESENT)
- MG Sanchez, Border Control and other Autobiographical Pieces, International Journal of Iberian Studies 33.1 (2020)
- "Entrevista a Trino Cruz." TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, Fall 2019
- “Forward.” Anthology of Contemporary Gibraltar Poets. Ed. Felix Alvarez et al. Gibraltar: Independent Writers and Artists Project, 2019
- Javier Muñoz-Basols, Laura Lonsdale, and Manuel Delgado (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Iberian Studies, Hispania, Volume 101, December 2018, Number 4
- Tânia Martuscelli. (Des)Conexões entre Portugal e o Brasil. Séculos XIX e XX, Hispania, Volume 101, June 2018, Number 2
- "The Dialogue between Literature and Film in Early Twentieth Century Rio de Janeiro." Maite Conde. Consuming Visions: Cinema, Writing, and Modernity in Rio de Janeiro, Confluencia, Volume 33, Issue 2, Spring 2018
- Ori Preuss. Transnational South America: Experiences, Ideas, and Identities, 1860s-1900s, Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, Vol. 28, No. 2 (2017)
- César Domínguez, Anxo Abuín González, and Ellen Sapega (eds.). A Comparative History of Literatures in the Iberian Peninsula. Volume II, International Journal of Iberian Studies, Vol. 30, No. 3, September 2017
- Santiago Pérez Isasi and Ângela Fernandes (eds.). Looking at Iberia: A Comparative European Perspective, Hispanic Research Journal, Vol. 17, No. 4, August 2016
- Flocel Sabaté and Luís Adão da Fonseca (eds.). Catalonia and Portugal: The Iberian Peninsula from the Periphery, e-journal of Portuguese History, Volume 14, Number 1, June 2016
- Paulo Moreira. Literary and Cultural Relations between Mexico and Brazil: Deep Undercurrents, Luso-Brazilian Review, Volume 53, Number 1, Summer 2015
- "Theorizing Iberian Studies," 2015 MLA Convention Feature, Hispania 98.2 (June 2015)
- Javier Krauel. Imperial Emotions: Cultural Responses to Myths of Empire in Fin-de-Siècle Spain, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Vol. 38, No. 3 (2014)
- Sérgio Buarque de Holanda (trans. G. Harvey Summ and Daniel E. Colón). Roots of Brazil, ellipsis, 2014
- Alfredo Bosi. "The Parábola of the Latin American Avant-Gardes." Beyond Tordesillas: New Approaches to Comparative Luso-Hispanic Studies. Ed. Robert Patrick Newcomb and Richard A. Gordon, Ohio State, 2017. 137-48.
- _____. Brazil and the Dialectic of Colonization (University of Illinois Press, 2015)
- _____. Colony, Cult and Culture (UMass Dartmouth, 2008)
- Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, "Six Crônicas on Slavery and Abolition," Portuguese Studies 33.1 (2017): 105-22.
- _____. "Reflections on Brazilian Literature at the Present Moment: The National Instinct," Brasil/Brazil vol. 26, no. 47/2013: 85-101.
- _____. "The New Generation," Journal of Lusophone Studies 1.2 (Autumn 2016): 262-308.
- Cláudia Castelo. "The Luso-Tropicalist Message of the Late Portuguese Empire." Media and the Portuguese Empire. Ed. José Luís García et al. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 217-34.
HONORS AND AWARDS
Joukowsky Outstanding Dissertation Award (Humanities), Brown University, 2008