Marília Librandi-Rocha

Acting Director of Portuguese Language Program
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Marília Librandi is Assistant Professor of Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Cultures. A native of São Paulo, she had taught at Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia before moving to Stanford University, where she taught at the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures for the past decade. Her research focus on the study of the novel and modern poetry, Indigenous thought and Literary theory. These topics intersect through the notion of listening in writing, a conceit that goes beyond the divide orality-writing, particularly as it resonates strongly with Native American thought, and marginalized communities in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa.

Her first book Maranhão-Manhattan. Ensaios de Literatura Brasileira (7Letras, 2009) is a collection of essays on the poetry and fiction of Sousândrade, Murilo Mendes, Paulo Leminski and João Guimarães Rosa, read in conjunction with philosophical and ethnological concepts. Her second book, Writing by Ear: Clarice Lispector and the Aural Novel (University of Toronto Press, Romance Studies Series, 2018), develops the concepts of “Writing by Ear,” the “Aural Novel,” and “Echopoetics.” Writing by Ear develop a listening literary history of Brazilian literature as it relates to the semantics of edges, to a semiotics of corporeality, and to a performativity directed by the sense of hearing. Her next book-length manuscript focuses on the fictional prose of João Guimarães Rosa, suggesting a listening vocabulary based on the terms “all one ear,” “nuance,” “recado,” and “conconversa”.

Professor Librandi co-edited, with Jamille Pinheiro Dias and Tom Winterbottom, Transpoetic Exchange: Haroldo de Campos, Octavio Paz and other Multiversal Dialogues (under review). She edited Poemas-Vida (2008), (selected poems of Jacob P. Goldberg; with foreword by João Adolfo Hansen). With Héctor Hoyos, she co-edited the dossier “Theories of the Contemporary in South America,” in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Besides Brazil and the U.S, her articles and book chapters have been published in Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, and Portugal.

Dr. Librandi has extensive experience as co-organizer of events such as the Seminar of Theory, History and Literature (Sethil), “Campos de Paz”,” Tangible Thoughts”, and the X Apsa Conference. She is one of the founding editors of the literary journals Magma (USP), and Floema (UESB); she was book review editor of ellipsis, and co-Executive editor of the Journal of Lusophone Studies. In 2015, her course “Black Brazil” was selected for the first Stanford Great Teaching Showcase. With Professor Vincent Barletta, she co-taught “Lusophone African Literatures”, and, with Prof. Sérgio Bairon, she taught “Afro-Brazil: Oral Culture, Literature and Digital Media”. This last teaching experiment is part of an ongoing project to expand literary studies through sonic production, and new pedagogical tools.

Dr. Librandi is co-director of the digital project, and the research group Estudos da Escuta / Listening Studies (Cnpq/Brazil). Affiliated faculty of Diversitas (Núcleo de Estudos das Diversidades, Intolerâncias e Conflitos), USP.


Ph.D. and M.A in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature, Universidade de São Paulo.
B.A in Portuguese Language and Literatures. PUC-SP