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Rex P Nielson — Assistant Research Professor

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Contact Information

Office: 3149 JFSB

Phone: 801-422-2176


Commonly Taught Courses

Port 339: Introduction to Portuguese and Brazilian Literary Studies
Port 356R: The Amazon
Port 451: Survey of Brazilian Literature
Port 453/653: Narrative Trends in Contemporary Luso-Brazilian Narrative
Port 459R/659R: Returning Home in Brazilian Culture
Port 459R/659R: Mapping the Sertão
Port 461/661: African Literature of Portuguese Expression
Port 601B/Span 601B: Literary Theory and Research Methodologies
Women's Studies 390R: Pan-American Women Writers

Semester Schedule: Office hours: MW, 3:00–4:00 and by appointment

Vita: Link to Vita



Professor Nielson joined the Spanish and Portuguese Department at BYU after receiving his Ph.D. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University in 2010. His research interests include:

  • Nineteenth-, Twentieth-, and Twenty-first century Brazilian literature, culture, and cinema
  • Masculinity and Gender Studies; Ecocriticism; Literatures of the Americas
  • Portuguese and Lusophone African Literature
  • Arts-Integrated Language and Literature Pedagogy in Higher Education

Recent articles

  • “O Pai Provisório: Fatherhood and New Masculinities in Cristovão Tezza’s O Filho Eterno.” Luso-Brazilian Review, vol. 52, no. 1 (June 2015): 110–30.
  •  “Reorientando a identidade nacional em Native speaker, de Chang-rae Lee, e O sol se põe em São Paulo, de Bernardo Carvalho.” Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea vol. 44 (Jul/Dez 2014): 193–222.
  •  “Ecocritical Thought in Euclides da Cunha’s Correspondence and Writings on the Amazon.” Amazonian Literatures. Ed. Lesley Wylie. Hispanic Issues On Line 16 (Fall 2014): 17–34.
  • “Patriarchy’s Traumatic Afterlives: Adriana Lisboa’s Poetics of Silence in Sinfonia em Branco.” Chasqui: Revista de Literatura Latinoamericana vol. 43, n. 2 (November 2014): 48–61.
  • “The Unmappable Sertão,” Portuguese Studies, vol. 30, n. 1 (2014): 5–20.


Ph.D., Brown University, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 2010
M.A., Brown University, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, 2007
M.A., Brigham Young University, Comparative Literature, 2004
B.A., Brigham Young University, Comparative Literature, 2002


Family, travel, handball, crossword puzzles, chess, graffiti art, noir film and literature, fantasy fiction, croud-sourced genealogical projects, opera, Beethoven, Copland, Spinal Tap, Woody Allen



Syllabus for Port 339
Syllabus for Port 451
Syllabus for Port 601B