Dr Stephanie Dennison

Reader in Brazilian Studies

+44 (0)113 343 3523

Summary: Brazilian cinema post-1960, especially popular/exploitation films; Race and sexuality in Brazil; World Cinema, especially new definitions, popular cinema, Third Cinema theory and national cinema

Location: Michael Sadler Building


Published and Forthcoming Work


World Cinemas/Cinemas do Mundo. Edited book with Papirus, forthcoming 2013.

Contemporary Hispanic Cinema: Interrogating the Transnational in Spanish and Latin American Film (Edited) (Tamesis, 2013).

Brazilian National Cinema. Co-authored with Lisa Shaw (Routledge, 2007)

Joaquim Nabuco: Monarchism, Panamericanism and Nation-building in the Brazilian Belle Epoque (Peter Lang AG, 2006)

Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics on Film. Co-edited with Song Hwee Lim (Wallflower Press, 2006)

Latin American Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender, and National Identity. Co-edited with Lisa Shaw (McFarland Press, 2005)

Pop Culture Latin America: Media, Arts and Lifestyle. Co-edited with Lisa Shaw. (ABC-Clio, 2005)

Popular Cinema in Brazil (with Lisa Shaw). (Manchester: Manchester University Press: 2004)

Chapters in Books

“Desmascarando o neo-imperialismo ou reafirmando o neocolonialismo? A representação da América Latina em co-produções recentes”, in Stephanie Dennison (ed), World Cinemas/Cinemas do Mundo. (Papirus, forthcoming 2013).

“National, Transnational and Post-national: Issues in Contemporary Film-making in the Hispanic World”, in Stephanie Dennison (ed), Contemporary Hispanic Cinema: Interrogating the Transnational in Spanish and Latin American Film (Tamesis, 2013).

“Sertão as Post-National Landscape: Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus”, in Sara Brandellero (ed) Journeys of (Self) Discovery in Brazilian Cinema (University of Wales Press, 2013).

 “A aproximação das duas Américas: a promoção do Brasil feita por Joaquim Nabuco em universidades americanas, in K David Jackson (ed), Conferências sobre Joaquim Nabuco (Bem-te-Vi, 2010)

"Sex and the Generals: Reading the Brazilian Pornochanchada as Sexploitation" in Victoria Ruetalo and Dolores Tierney (eds), Latsploitation, Exploitation Cinemas and Latin America (Routledge, 2009)

"Introduction: On World Cinema as a Theoretical Problem", co-written with Song Hwee Lim (50%) in Stephanie Dennison and Song Hwee Lim (eds), Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics on Film (Wallflower Press, 2006)

"The New Brazilian Bombshell: Sônia Braga, Race and Cinema in the 1970s", in Stephanie Dennison and Song Hwee Lim (eds), Remapping World Cinema: Identity, Culture and Politics on Film (Wallflower Press, 2006)

"Nelson Rodrigues on Film: Two Adaptations of O Beijo no Asfalto", in Stephanie Dennison and Lisa Shaw (eds), Latin American Cinema: Essays on Modernity, Gender, and National Identity (McFarland Press, 2005)

“Nelson Rodrigues in the 1990s: Two Recent Screen Adaptations”, Lúcia Nagib (ed), The New Brazilian Cinema (London and New York: IB Taurus, 2003)

“Brazil - Vice-president of the Americas: Joaquim Nabuco’s Turn-of-the-Century Panamericanist Vision, in Lisa Jesse (ed), Portuguese at Leeds: A Selection of Essays from the Annual Semana Portuguesa (Leeds: Leeds Iberian Papers, 1995)

Articles in Refereed Journals

“Debunking Neo-imperialism or Reaffirming Neo-colonialism? The Representation of Latin America in Recent Co-productions” (forthcoming in 2013 in Transnational Cinemas)

 “Blonde Bombshell: Xuxa and notions of whiteness in Brazil” (forthcoming in 2013 in Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies)

 “The Brazilian Sertão as Post-national Landscape in the Work of Marcelo Gomes”, New Cinemas 10:1 (2013)

 “A Carioca Belle de Jour: A Dama do Lotação and Brazilian Sexuality", Framework, 44:1 (2003). (also joint guest editor of this edition)

"Comédia e pornochique: a produção cinematográfica popular no Brasil dos anos 70", Revista Fronteiras: Estudos Midiáticos( December 2002)

“Critical Responses to the Screening of Nelson Rodrigues”, Studies in Latin American Popular Culture (May 2000)

“Pra Inglês Ver: Joaquim Nabuco and the Brazilian Belle Epoque”, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (July 2000)

“The Meeting of Two Worlds: Recent Trends in Brazilian Cinema, Journal of Latin American and Iberian Studies (December 2000)

“Perversão e arte: o cinema de Nelson Rodrigues visto nos jornais”, Estudos de Cinema: Socine II e III (Annablume: December 2000).

“Ever-decreasing circles: Chico Buarque's Hidden Agenda in Estorvo", Portuguese Studies (October 1998)

“Nelson Rodrigues e o cinema”, Range Rede (Rio de Janeiro: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Press, October 1998).

 Under Contract

On Global Cinema, Cinephilia and Brazil by Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes. Critical edition of the work of Salles Gomes, with a co-authored introduction with Maite Conde. (IB Tauris) 2014

Book chapter: “Underground Brazil: sex, violence and the garbage aesthetics of 1970s filmmaking in São Paulo”, in Julian Petley (ed), Shocking Cinema of the Seventies (IB Tauris). 2014

 Journal article on blonde film stars in Brazil for special issue of Celebrity Studies (edited by Ginette Vincendeau). 2015

Invited lectures etc (since 2005)

Keynote and Plenaries

Keynote: Revisiting Star Studies conference, University of Newcastle, 12-14 June 2013

Keynote: Brazil Week, University of Oxford, 1 March 2013

Plenary: annual SOCINE conference (Society of Cinema Studies), São Paulo, Brazil, October 2012)

Keynote: Mulheres da Retomada conference, University of Tulane, 17-19 Feb 2011

Other invited (fully funded) conference and symposia participation

Brasília Film Festival Seminar Presentation: Olhares Multiculturais - O Cinema Brasileiro no Estrangeiro (Multicultural Perspectives - Brazilian Cinema Abroad) Brasília, September 2013)

Round Table participation: Women Then and Now in Spanish Theatre, Film and Television (Trinity College Dublin, June 2013)

Symposium participation: Latin American Women Filmmakers on the Global Stage (University of Portsmouth, 10 May 2013)

Symposium participation: Reframing the National in Hispanic Cinema (University of Lincoln, 24-25 Feb 2012)

Round Table participation: Reproducing Latin America in Popular/Urban Culture (University of Manchester, 12 Dec 2011)

 Seminar paper: Brazilian Cinema and the Transnational (University of Ulster, 30 Nov 2011)

 Seminar series participant: Moving Through and Beyond Latin America (University of Sheffield, 5 Oct 2011)

Public Lecture: “Marketing Latin American film in the UK: an Academic’s Perspective”, The Future of Latin American Cinema (London, 6 May 2011)

 Seminar paper: “Interrogating the Transnational in Contemporary Brazilian Film”, St Andrews, 19 April 2011.

 Conference: “Joaquim Nabuco: Abolitionist, Statesman, Intellectual”, Institute for the Study of the Americas, 3 Nov 2010

Panel discussion participant at Legacies of Slavery Documentary Film Festival, Hull History Centre,13 March 2010

Public lecture “The Future of Brazilian Cinema” University of Maynooth, Ireland, 9 March 2010

Seminar paper “'National, transnational and post-national: locating the present and future of Brazilian cinema”, University of Oxford, 25 Feb 2010

Seminar paper “Tropicalia at the movies: melodrama and kitsch in 1970s Brazilian film”, King’s College London, 24 Feb 2010

Respondent and interviewer at conference “Reality Effects: Poetics of Locality, Memory, and the Body in Contemporary Argentine and Brazilian Cinema” (Birkbeck, 26-28 November 2009)

Seminar paper: "International Sexploitation", University of Salford Film Seminar Series, Feb 2009.

Conference paper: "A eterna questão do nacional do cinema brasileiro", Cinema Brasileiro: Desafios Culturais e Econômicos, CINESESC, São Paulo, Brazil, Dec 2008.

Conference paper: "Questions of National Identity in Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus", Journeys of (Self) Discovery in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema, University of Oxford, May 2008.

Seminar paper: "Sex and the Generals: Reading Brazilian Pornochanchada as Sexploitation", Hispanic Film Seminar, University of Cambridge, April 2008.

"A Aproximação das Duas Américas: Joaquim Nabuco's promotion of Brazil in U.S. Universities", University of Yale, USA, April 2008.

Issues of National Identity in Contemporary Brazilian Film: A Case Study of Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, University of Liverpool, March 2008.

Seminar paper: "Adapting Clarice for the Screen: A Hora da Estrela", Cinema of Brazil: Literature into Film, Barbican, London, Dec 2007

Seminar Paper: "Intertextuality in the films of Arnaldo Jabor", Intertextuality in Brazilian Cinema workshop, University of Southampton, July 2007.

Seminar paper: "The Brazilian pornochanchada" at Workshop: Latsploitation: Exploitation Cinemas in Latin America, University of Alberta, Canada, June 2007.

Seminar paper: "Racialised Sexuality in the Star Texts of Sônia Braga and Xuxa", Stars and Stardom workshop, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Niterói, Brazil, Jan 2007.

Chair of roundtable discussion on Brazilian Theatre of Resistance, Canning House, London, Oct 2006.

Panel chair at symposium on contemporary Brazilian literature, Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford, Mar 2005.

Other conference/symposia participation

 Symposium paper: “Transnational Adaptation: Paul Leduc’s El Cobrador: In God We Trust (2006) and the Politics and Aesthetics of New Hispanism”, SPLAS seminar series, University of Leeds, November 2012.

 Conference paper: “Revisiting dictatorship: Paul Leduc’s El Cobrador: In God We Trust”, Hispanic Cinemas: En Transición, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, 7th-9th November 2012.

 Conference paper: “Globofilmes and Bad Brazilian Movies”, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Boston, March 2012.

Q and A with Brazilian film director Henrique Goldman, Hyde Park Picture House (Leeds), 8 Sept 2011 (part of Association of British and Irish Lusitanists Annual Conference, Leeds University, 2011)

Panel organiser and presenter: Interrogating the Transnational in Hispanic Film, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, New Orleans, March 2011

Conference paper: Blonde Bombshell: Xuxa and Notions of Whiteness in Brazil", White Spaces? Racialising White Femininities and Masculinities, University of Leeds, July 2009

Conference paper: "Tropicalismo and Melodrama: Intertextuality in Arnaldo Jabor's filmic adaptation of Toda Nudez Será Castigada", Association of British and Irish Lusitanists Annual Conference, University of Bristol, Jan 2008

Conference Paper: "Defining the national in Brazilian cinema", Association of British and Irish Lusitanists Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, Sept 2006

Other activities

  • SPLAS (University of Leeds) co-director of annual seminar series 2012-13 (Adaptation in a Transnational Context)
  • Dept Seminar Series organiser: The Representation and Marketing of Latin-Americanness  (University of Leeds, 2010-11)
  • Visiting Lecturer, UNISINOS, São Leopoldo, Brazil, April 2010
  • Conference co-organiser: Talking Dirty: Sex and the Cinema (University of Leeds, Nov 2009)
  • Symposium organiser: Transnational Film Financing in the Hispanic World (University of Leeds, June 2009)
  • Conference co-organiser: New Latin American Cinema: Contemporary Cinema and Filmmaking (University of Leeds, June 2005)
  • Conference co-organiser: World Cinema: Identity, Culture, Politics (University of Leeds, June 2002)
  • Conference co-organiser: Latin American Cinema: Theory and Praxis (University of Leeds, June 1999)

Research funding

  • WUN Fund for International Research Collaboration (contribution to project Film Policy, Cultural Diplomacy and Soft Power)
  • SLAS and JISLAC (travel and subsistence to attend symposium Reframing the National in Hispanic Cinema (University of Lincoln, 24-25 Feb 2012)
  • Leeds Humanities Research Institute (£600 towards organisation of conference Sex and the Cinema, 2009)
  • Banco Santander/University of Leeds travel grant (£600) research trip to Brazil 2009
  • SMLC Research Fund/ Instituto Cervantes/ Instituto Camões (£2000) towards symposium organisation: Transnational Film Financing in the Hispanic World (29th June 2009)
  • Conference Fund Grant, University of Leeds (£550 to attend SOCINE conference, Brasilia, Oct 2008)
  • Banco Santander/University of Leeds travel grant (£900) research trip to Brazil Oct 2008
  • British Academy UK Latin America Link Programme (travel and subsistence to attend seminar in Brazil (Jan 2007) and Southampton (June 2007)
  • University of Leeds Faculty of Arts Teaching Relief Scheme (£1240), 2004
  • British Academy Small Research Grant (£1,370), 2004
  • Special Payments Fund, University of Leeds (in recognition of exceptional contribution to university) (£1,600 to fund research trip to Brazil), 2002
  • Conference Fund Grant, University of Leeds (£550, to attend AATSP conference in Rio de Janeiro), 2002
  • AHRB Study Leave Grant (with University matched funding), Feb 2002-Feb 2003 (£9,000)
  • Small Research Grant in the Humanities, AHRB (£1,800), 1999