Patrícia Vieira


Patrícia I. Vieira is FCT Researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) of the University of Coimbra in the NHUMEP research group. Dr. Vieira's research focuses on Latin American and Iberian Literature and Cinema, Environmental Humanities and Ecocriticism, Post-Colonial Studies and Literary Theory. She has a PhD in Romance Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She teaches as full professor at Georgetown University. Her books include "States of Grace: Utopia in Brazilian Culture" (New York: SUNY UP, 2018); "Portuguese Cinema 1930-1960: The Staging of the New State Regime" (New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2013); "Seeing Politics Otherwise: Vision in Latin American and Iberian Fiction" (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011); and "Cinema no Estado Novo: A Encenação do Regime" (Lisbon: Colibri University Press, 2011). She has co-edited "Portuguese Literature and the Environment" (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019), "The Language of Plants: Science, Philosophy, Literature" (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 2017); "The Green Thread: Dialogues with the Vegetal World" (New York: Lexington Books, 2015), "Imagens Achadas: Documentário, Política e Processos Sociais em Portugal" (Lisbon: Colibri, 2014) and "Existential Utopia: New Perspectives on Utopian Thought" (London and New York: Continuum, 2011). She is currently working on a book project that examines literature about the Amazon rainforest from an ecocritical point of view and preparing a book on this topic: "Zoophytography: Animals and Plants in Amazonian Cultural Productions" (Gainesville: The University of Florida Press, 2022). She is also editing a volume titled "The Environment in Brazilian Culture: Literature, Cinema and the Arts" and a special issue of the "Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies" on "The Amazon River Basin in Contemporary Latin American Culture." For more information, check:

Latest Publications

Book Chapter

Vieira, Patrícia (2021), Movies on the Move: Filming the Amazonian Rainforest, in Gisela Heffes and Carolyn Fornoff (org.), Pushing Past the Human in Latin American Cinema. New York: SUNY University Press, 25-46

Book Chapter

Vieira, Patrícia (2021), Emigration, Anarchism and Ecology in Ferreira de Castro's Emigrants, in Daniel Silva and Lamonte Aidoo (org.), Migrant Frontiers: Race and Mobility in the Luso-Hispanic World. Liverpool: Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Book Chapter

Vieira, Patrícia (2021), Olive Tree - Olea Europaea, in Patrícia Vieira, Monica Gagliano and John Ryan (org.), The Mind of Plants