Pedro Erber

Pedro Erber

Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies

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Pedro Erber, Associate Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies, specializes in Brazilian literature, intellectual history, and visual culture. He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University (2009), M.A. from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000), and B.A. from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1998). He is the author of Breaching the Frame: The Rise of Contemporary Art in Brazil and Japan (University of California Press, 2014), Política e Verdade no Pensamento de Martin Heidegger  (P.U.C.-Rio/Loyola, 2003), and articles on political thought, Brazilian and Japanese art, literature, and aesthetics. His further research interests include articulations of art, politics, and economics; peripheral modernisms; the philosophy of the Kyoto School; Lusophone literature and culture.  At Cornell he teaches courses on Brazilian critical theories, Brazilian and Lusophone literatures, Brazilian visual arts and cinema, aesthetic theory, and core courses on Brazilian studies.

Recent Courses

  • Perspectives on Brazil
  • Brazilian Film and Literature
  • Aesthetic Theory and Participatory Art
  • Brazilian Critical Theories

Research Interests

  • Brazilian intellectual history, literature, and visual culture
  • Theories and histories of modernism; art and politics
  • 20th-century Japanese intellectual history, literature, and art
  • Critical theory and political thought

Selected Publications

Books
  • Breaching the Frame: The Rise of Contemporary Art in Brazil and Japan. Oakland: University of California Press, 2014.
  • Política e verdade no pensamento de Martin Heidegger. São Paulo: Editora P.U.C.–Rio/Edições Loyola, 2003.
Journal articles
  • “Contemporaneity and its Discontents” in Diacritics 41.1 (September 2013).
  • “Gutai and Brazilian Concrete Art” in Gutai: Splendid Playground. Exhibition Catalogue. Guggenheim Museum, 2013
  • “Art and/or Revolution: The Discourse of Painting in 1950s Japan” in ARTMargins v. 2.1, February 2013.
  • “The Word as Object: Concrete Poetry, Ideogram, and the Materialization of Language” in Luso-Brazilian Review v. 49, n. 2, December 2012.
  • “A comparação desmedida: teoria, universalismo, e estudos literários” in Criatividade sem Limite? Editora P.U.C.–Rio/Edições Loyola, 2012.
  • “Die Politik der Abstraktion: Avantgardekunst, Kunstkritik und Zeitgenossenschaft in Japan und Brasilien während der 50er Jahre” in Kulturelle Übersetzungen. Berlin: Reimer Verlag, 2011.
  • “Políticas da abstração: pintura e crítica no Brasil e Japão anos 50” in Revista Poiesis, August 2009.
  • “O Maio japonês: arte, política e contemporaneidade” in Revista Praia Vermelha Vol. 18 No. 2, 2008.
  • “Theory Materialized: Conceptual Art and its Others” in Diacritics 36.1, 2006.