João G. L. Viana

João G. L. Viana

Ph.D. Student in Iberian & Latin American Cultures, admitted Autumn 2021
2019: M.A., Literary Theory and Criticism, State University of Campinas, Unicamp
2014: B.A., Portuguese Language and Literatures, State University of Campinas, Unicamp

I'm a third-year Ph.D. candidate working mainly on Latin American and Luso-Brazilian Literature and anthropodecentric theory.

I am also a Graduate Student Coordinator at Materia, a DLCL Research Unit on Latin Americanist and comparative post-anthropocentrisms.

My Ph. D. project currently aims to situate convergencies in the Ibero-Atlantic literatures of "plant drugs", or plant-derived psychoactive commodities such as alcohol, coffee, sugar, cannabis, opioids, coca(ine), and tobacco, in the late-19th and 20th centuries. Following transnational parallels between intellectual currents and aesthetic trends, it seeks to understand how these formerly exoticized products imposed their presence in the Ibero-American agora, becoming vehicles of creative sensory exploration and an ambiguous site of dispute in struggles for freedom of speech.



Research Unit Groups

Research Interests

  • Anthropology


  • Contemporary Literature


  • Humanism


  • Intellectual History


  • Language and Society


  • Language Theory


  • Literary and Cultural Theory


  • Luso-Brazilian Languages, Literatures & Cultures


  • Medical Humanities


  • Modernism


  • Philosophy and Literature


  • Political History, Theory & Culture


  • Sociological Approaches to Literature


  • Spanish Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


  • Speculative Fiction


  • Surrealism


  • Transatlantic Studies