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Geraldo U. Sousa

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - English
Professor
Primary office:
785-864-3525
Wescoe Hall
Room 3121
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7590


Teaching Interests

  • British Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern
  • Literature and science
  • Early modern science
  • History of science
  • Literature and ecology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Shakespeare and the Sea
  • Oceanic Studies
  • Cross-cultural approaches to literature
  • Gender
  • Race studies
  • Luso-Brazilian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mediterranean Studies

Research

My research focuses on the cross-cultural interconnectedness of literature and culture and explores the intersection of various disciplines, including Renaissance literature, theater and stage history, Renaissance history, anthropology, history of architecture, and art history. Shakespeare's Cross-Cultural Encounters addresses an ethnographic perspective in Shakespeare's dramatic representation of ethnic, racial, religious, and gender issues arising from the encounter of a dominant European society and members of foreign cultures. My most recent book, At Home in Shakespeare's Tragedies, taking a markedly interdisciplinary approach, focuses on representations of home and domestic space in Shakespeare and in early modern Europe and Africa. My recent projects reflect my interest in the discourse of globalization, especially the emerging networks and evolving processes of cross-cultural and commercial exchange in the Renaissance; representation of domestic space; environmental studies; Shakespeare and the Sea; and Ocean Studies I am currently working on a book on London.

The cross-cultural theme also appears in my various essays, especially in Luso-Brazilian studies. "Alien Habitats in The Tempest," for example, addresses ecological issues in England (deforestation) and logging in South America in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. "The Merchant of Venice: Brazil and Cultural Icons" deals with the staging of Shakespeare in Brazil and contemporary Brazilian race relations. "Portugal, North Africa, and Dryden's Don Sebastian" explores the 1578 conflict between Portugal and Morocco. Most recently, "Travel, Imagination, and the Strangest of Theaters" studies representations of Burma and Hindu rituals in 16th-century Portuguese texts. My work as editor of the journalMediterranean Studies requires proficiency in multiple languages, disciplines, scholarly methodology, and approaches.

The nineteenth century is my hobby. I love the American Renaissance, as well as 19th-century history and culture (United States, Europe, Africa, Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia, and Brazil). I am an avid reader of Victorian novels, and a fan of Sheridan Le Fanu.

Research Interests

  • British Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern
  • Literature and ecology
  • Cross-cultural approaches to literature
  • Gender
  • Race studies
  • Luso-Brazilian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mediterranean Studies
  • History of science
  • Early modern science
  • Environmental Studies

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