T.E. (Tecia) Vailati MA

  • Lecturer
  • External PhD candidate
  • Brazilian Literature
  • Portuguese Language

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2332
E-Mail: t.e.vailati@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, Academisch Talencentrum
Office Address: Lipsiusgebouw
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden
Room number 1.20

Fields of interest

  • Brazilian Literature
  • Nineteenth Century
  • Theory of Literature


The invisible and the political in the Brazilian literary historiography of the nineteenth century

Through a nationalistic programme, the Brazilian literary historians of the nineteenth century established what became the official Brazilian literature, a list of works and authors that persisted as the official canon throughout the decades.
As printing started only in 1808 in Brazil, the literature produced in the country until then was thus printed in Europe or it was still in the form of manuscripts, many of them anonymous, unfinished and/or of dubious origin and authorship. Consequently, the first attempts to lay out and structure a history for Brazilian literature in the nineteenth century were performed through the gathering of these manuscripts, spread all over Brazilian and European archives. Politically speaking, these first historiographical works created not only Brazilian literature as an institution but established through its selections what should and what shouldn’t be visible, thus reorganizing the whole field of literature as an experience, determining what should be said, read and sensed.
Considering the authors and works which were absent from historiography of the period, this research aims to investigate how this absence was impacted by politics and how it modifies the literary horizon of the period.

Teaching activities

Portuguese Language for BA majoring in Latin American Studies (LAS), International Studies (BAIS) and minoring in Brazil Studies (LAS).

Curriculum vitae

T.E. Vailati holds a degree in Portuguese - Language and Literature Studies and a licentiateship to teach Portuguese from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), in her home country, Brazil. She was awarded the Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS Platinum) and holds a Master degree on Study of Art and Literature. Since 2003 she has been teaching Portuguese Language in Leiden University and since 2015 she is developing a research on nineteenth century Brazilian literature as an external PhD candidate.

During her academic career, she has been involved in many different projects. She researched gender theory for three years through the Junior Researcher Funding Programme (IC – CNPq, Brazil). She edited two academic journals: Mafua (ISSN 1806-2555) and Texto Digital (ISSN 1807-9288). She also tutored the Brazilian Literature courses in Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Brazil).

Key publications

Antropofagia como mito de controle. Rio de Janeiro: Journal Transversos, v. 3, p. 44-58, 2015.

O Romantismo e a construção do nacional. Florianópolis: Journal Mafuá, v. 7, p. 7, 2007

Last Modified: 11-12-2015