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João Almino, escritor e diplomata, é autor do Quinteto de Brasília, composto pelos romances Ideias para onde passar o fim do mundo (indicado para o Prêmio Jabuti, ganhador do Prêmio do Instituto Nacional do Livro e do Prêmio Candango de Literatura), Samba-Enredo (1994, reeditado em 2012), As cinco estações do amor (Prêmio Casa de las Américas 2003; publicado nos EUA, no México, na Argentina e na Itália), O livro das emoções (Record, 2008; publicado nos EUA, com o título de The Book of Emotions, e Cidade Livre (Prêmio Zaffari & Bourbon de melhor romance publicado entre maio de 2009 e maio de 2011; finalista dos prêmios Jabuti e Portugal-Telecom; publicado na França com o título de Hôtel Brasilia em 2012). Seus escritos de história e filosofia política são referência para os estudiosos do autoritarismo e da democracia. Entre estes, incluem-se os livros Os democratas autoritários (1980), A idade do presente (1985; publicado também no México, pelo Fondo de Cultura Económica), Era uma vez uma Constituinte (1985) e O segredo e a informação (1986). É autor de Naturezas mortas - A filosofia política do Ecologismo (2004) e dos seguintes livros de ensaios literários: Brasil-EUA: Balanço poético (1996); Escrita em contraponto: ensaios literários (2008; publicado também na Argentina, com o título de Tendencias de la literatura brasileña: escrita en contrapunto) e O diabrete angélico e o pavão: enredo e amor possíveis em Brás Cubas (2010). Doutorouse em Paris, orientado pelo filósofo Claude Lefort. Ensinou na UNAM (México), Universidade de Brasília, Instituto Rio Branco, Berkeley, Stanford e Universidade de Chicago.

Burghard Baltrusch obtained his Ph.D. in Lusophone and Hispanic Studies in 1996 from the University of Bonn (Germany). At present he is senior lecturer in Lusophone and Translation Studies at the University of Vigo (Spain), where he has coordinated several Ph.D. programs on Galician and Portuguese Studies as well as on Translation Studies. He has taught seminars on Portuguese and Brazilian literature, Galician and translation studies in Bonn, Vigo, Augsburg and Coimbra. His research adopts approaches related to postcolonialism, gender studies, hermeneutic translation theory, and an ethically motivated postmodernism. Among his publications are Bewußtsein und Erzählungen der Moderne im Werk Fernando Pessoas (1997), Kritisches Lexikon der Romanischen Gegenwartsliteraturen (with W.-D. Lange et al., 5 vols.) and Soldando Sal - Galician [End Page 285] Studies in Translation and Paratranslation (with Gabriel Pérez Durán, 2010). His most recent publications have focused on Portuguese and Galician women's poetry, as well as on paratranslation theory. He is currently working on an edition of Walter Benjamin: "Die Aufgabe des Übersetzers" - as suas traduções e recepções no espaço ibero-românico.

Sophia Beal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Minnesota. From 2010 to 2012, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at Tulane University in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, affiliated with the Program for African and African Diaspora Studies. She earned her PhD in 2010 from Brown University and her BA in 2004 from Columbia University. In 2005, Beal completed a Fulbright grant in Maputo where she studied Mozambican literature. Her recent work focuses on questions concerning public space, identity, and urban development in Brazilian fiction.

André Cabral de Almeida Cardoso is professor of English-language literatures at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). He obtained his master's degree in Brazilian Literature at PUC-Rio, and his PhD in Comparative Literature at New York University. He has published articles in the electronic journals Literature Compass and Machado de Assis em Linha, and a chapter in the electronic book Sullen Fires Across the Atlantic: Essays in Transatlantic Romanticism (2006), edited by Lance Newman, Joel Pace and Chris Koenig-Woodyard. His recent work involves the influence of sentimental literature on the early Brazilian novel and the representation of utopia in contemporary science fiction.

Kimberly Cleveland, Assistant Professor of Art History at Georgia State University, is an expert...

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