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Karen Sherwood Sotelino

Visiting Lecturer

Dr. Karen Sotelino is a returning lecturer who graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in International Relations before she received her M.A. and PhD in Literature from UC Santa Cruz. She has worked on seven book translations, four novels and has contributed to Atlante magazine nine times. She is a specialist in literary translation, practice and theory, the subject of a book she is currently working on. She has been active and contributed significantly in recent years to this growing interest in translation among both professors and students in the DLCL at Stanford.


BA International Relations, Stanford University, 1977

MA Literature, University of California Santa Cruz, 2004

PhD Literature, Univeristy of California Santa Cruz, 2008


ILAC 175 Daydreaming in Portugal and Brazil

This course explores the role of the imagination in 19th and 20th century Portuguese and Brazilian literature. We will read 4-5 novels, short stories and articles analyzing how and why authors recreate imaginary processes in their characters, and what these processes reveal about the socio-cultural contexts of their period. Authors include Raúl Brandão, Machado de Assis, Antonio Lobo Antunes, Raduan Nassar, and Álvaro Cardoso Gomes, with complementary short pieces by Fernando Pessoa, José Saramago, Mario de Andrade, Guimarães Rosa, and Clarice Lispector. Readings available in English and Portuguese. In English.