Portuguese

Regina R. Félix, Ph.D.

Description: Felix Associate Professor of Portuguese
Office: Leutze Hall 277
Telephone: (910) 962-7310
Fax: (910) 962-7712
E-mail: felixr

Bacharelado, Universidade de São Paulo, Brasil
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Regina R. Félix teaches all levels of Portuguese/Brazilian language and culture studies courses through literature, music, film, television, and print & digital media, with special attention to sociopolitical issues. Courses cover a variety of angles: the "Brazilian character" in artistic and historical perspectives; Portuguese for speakers of Spanish; Brazil imagined by foreigners; the short story and "cronicas" genres as urban storytelling; women in Brazilian literature, art, and film; international women's issues in global perspectives, for example. In addition to WLC classes, Félix also teaches Honors Enrichment Seminars and International & Women Studies courses. She coordinates the UNC Language Exchange Online among six campuses across the system. As a generalist in Brazilian Studies, Félix's research deals with 19th-century intellectual history, literary canon and counter-canon; topics in contemporary Brazilian literature; realism, history, and women in film; and Portuguese-teaching pedagogy. She publishes articles on national & international journals and edited volumes. Félix authored the book Sedução e Heroísmo--Imaginação de Mulher (Editora Mulheres, 2007), in which she examines women's writing responding to the male-centered cultural politics of the 19th-century literary field. At the moment, she is writing on Brazilian women directors who are retelling history in film. Félix is co-editor of the volume Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France (Purdue UP, 2016) with colleague Scott Juall. She is an involved participant in related UNCW programs, such as Centro Hispano, Latin American Minor, Honors Program, and International Studies. She brought to campus distinguished speakers on Brazilian and Latin American Studies and organized several Brazilian film exhibits at UNCW. Felix inspired UNCW Presents to bring Grammy Award Winner Brazilian singer Luciana Souza and the Los Angeles-based Afro-Brazilian dance company Viver Brazil.

Recent Publications

Book. Félix, Regina R. and Scott D. Juall Eds. Cultural Exchanges between Brazil and France. Comparative Cultural Studies Series. West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2016.

Article: "Iracema, sublime objeto da nacionalidade." José de Alencar: século XXI [José de Alencar: 21st Century]. Fortaleza: Universidade Federal do Ceará, 2016. Pp.169-186.

Article: "The Migrant in Helena Solberg's Bananas Is My Business". Migration on Lusophone Cinema. Rego, Cacilda and Marcus Brasileiro Eds. New York: Palgrave. 2014. Pp. 203-219.

Chapter. Félix, Regina R. Volume introduction, organization, and editing. Pinazza, Natália and Louis Bayman Eds. Directory of World Cinema: Brazil. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. Pp. 230-250.