Marina Bedran is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University. She has a master’s degree in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of São Paulo – USP and a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo – PUC-SP. She works on Latin American literature and visual culture from the nineteenth century to the present, with a focus on Brazil. Her research interests include media theory, film studies, literary translation, ecocriticism, and the environmental humanities. She has published essays on Brazilian conceptual art and photography, 1970s experimental films about Amazonia in dialogue with nineteenth-century romantic novels, and the correspondence of Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James, which she translated to Portuguese.
Her dissertation examines Brazilian artists and writers who grew interested in Amazonia from the 1950s to the 1980s, exploring how they foster a new understanding of the environment and environmental crisis and how the encounter with indigenous cultures shaped their practices.
Marina was awarded a Lassen Fellowship from the Program in Latin American Studies – PLAS (2014-2015) and currently holds a Dissertation Fellowship at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies ¬– PIIRS.
Before coming to Princeton, she has worked at cultural institutions in Brazil. Between 2011 and 2014, she co-edited ZUM, a magazine of contemporary photography published by Instituto Moreira Salles – IMS.
NJ-STEP/Prison Teaching Initiative, English 111 — English Composition I, Spring 2019
Princeton University, Portuguese 106 — Introductory Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, Fall 2018
NJ-STEP/Prison Teaching Initiative, English 060 — Introduction to College Reading and Composition II, Fall 2018
Princeton University, Portuguese 108 — Introductory Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, Princeton University, Fall 2017
Princeton University, Portuguese 109 — Intermediate Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, Princeton University, Spring 2016