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Laura Isabel dos Santos Vieira

A photo of Laura Vieira: white, glasses, blue hair.
Portuguese and Spanish TA
PhD student

Contact Information

Gilbert Hall 301
Office Hours:
M, W, F: 3:30- 4:30 PM or by appointment
Romance Languages


I was born in Roraima, Brazil, and I am a second year PhD student in the Portuguese program, with a Spanish minor. During my MA in Rio de Janeiro, I researched contemporary Brazilian literature and graphic novel adaptations, and the representation of indigenous identities. Back in Brazil, I was a Middle and High School teacher of Portuguese language and literature. At UGA, I am a Portuguese and Spanish Teaching Assistant, Portuguese tutor at the Flagship program and I was president of the Brazilian Student Association (BSA) for the academic year of 2019-2020. My current interests include, but are not limited to, Latin American women's literature and graphic novels, immigration narratives, minority identities representation, independent and online publications.

Courses taught: PORT 1110 (Fall 2019), PORT 2120 (Spring 2020)

Research Interests:

Contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature; comics and graphic narratives; women's literature and comics; narratives of displacement; (re)construction of national identities (with especial focus on Amazonian marginalized discourses); intersemiotic translation; cultural literacy and literature teaching.

Selected Publications:

- "Experiência de leitura e escrita literária no ensino médio" [An experience of reading and writing literature in high school]. Brazil: Revista Querubim (2016), v. 2. Web (link)

- "A ilustração como alternativa para o problema da incomunicabilidade na experiência do imigrante". [Illustration as an alternative to the problem of incomunication in the immigrant experience]. Histórias em quadrinhos em diálogo (book chapter). Eds. Suellen Cordovil da Silva, Geraldo Magella de Menezes Neto. Alagoinhas, BH, Brazil: Editora Bordô-Grená, 2019, 15-24. Web. (link)


2024 (estimated) - Ph.D., University of Georgia: Romance Languages, Brazilian Studies, Spanish minor

2019 - M.A., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil: Literary Studies, Brazilian literature and Literary theories. Dissertation title: A falácia que persiste: a busca por identidade e futuro no romance e na HQ Dois irmãos.

2016 - B.A., Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil: Portuguese and Lusophone Literatures, Teaching degree

2015 – 2016 Institutional Scholarship Program of Teaching Initiation (PIBID/CAPES - UFF). Project title: Experiência de leitura e escrita no Ensino Médio: crônica e conto.

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