It Happened In Brazil - Chronicle of a North American Researcher in Brazil II

by Mark J. Curran



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/7/2015

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7.5x9.25
Page Count : 322
ISBN : 9781490759333
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 322
ISBN : 9781490759326

About the Book

“It Happened in Brazil: Chronicle of a North American Researcher in Brazil II” is the English version of “Aconteceu no Brasil: Crônica de um Pesquisador Norte - Americano II.” The book is a continuation of the first volume in the series published in 2012 in both Portuguese and English: “Adventures of a ‘Gringo’ Researcher in Brazil in the 1960s.” It continues Curran’s love affair with Brazil and the Brazilians and work in Brazil from 1969 to 1985; a third volume to be published in coming years will bring everything to the present. This volume deals with various researches and travel trips to Brazil, the author now professor at Arizona State University. Themes will be continued research on the “Literatura de Cordel,” conferences, important moments with authors of “cordel” and Brazilian Literature, the odyssey of publishing in Brazil, journeys to new parts of Brazil, and fine moments of tourism with wife, Keah. Among academic moments and high points will be 1973 and the “First International Congress on Portuguese and Brazilian Philology” in Rio de Janeiro where the author is introduced to the Luso-Brazilian Academic World and especially in 1981 when Curran took part in the “50 Years of Literature of Jorge Amado” Commemoration in Salvador da Bahia. Among other memorable moments over the years was the trip with wife Keah to Brazil in 1985. The occasion was to receive a literary prize combined with new tourism to various parts of the country. Written in the spirit and style of the genre of “short chronicles” in Brazil, the book will comment as well on the political, economic and social scene over the years and will note the many changes in the dynamic Brazil of the late twentieth century.

About the Author

Mark J. Curran is a retired professor from Arizona State University where he worked from 1968 to 2011. He taught Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese languages and their respective cultures on the Iberian Peninsula and in Latin America. His area of research was Brazilian “Popular Literature in Verse” (“A Literatura de Cordel”) and its relation to Brazilian literature and history. He has made more than twenty trips to Brazil for research, conferences, and book publishing as well as tourism. Curran has published some twenty-five articles in research journals and now fourteen books on the “Literatura de Cordel” and Brazilian culture in Brazil, Spain, and the United States. In retirement he has done seven books in the series “Stories I Told My Students”—books on Brazil, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal, and Spain, themes based on his teaching years at ASU. Two autobiographical books complete the list: “The Farm” and “Coming of Age with the Jesuits.” His most recent activity was as “staff” for Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic on the National Geographic Explorer from Cape Verde Republic, across the Atlantic, and Brazil to Buenos Aires. The author’s e-mail address is His website address is