João Cezar de Castro Rocha
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João Cezar de Castro Rocha is Professor of Comparative Literature at “Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro” (UERJ). He is the author of Literatura e cordialidade - O público e o privado na cultura brasileira (1998; “Mário de Andrade Award, National Library - Rio de Janeiro); O exílio do homem cordial - Ensaios e revisões (2004); Exercícios críticos - Leituras do contemporâneo (2008); Crítica literária: em busca do tempo perdido? (2011, forthcoming). He has edited more than 20 books, among which, a collection of six volumes of Machado de Assis's short stories (Record, 2008); Producing Presences in Portuguese. Branching out from Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht´s Work (2007); The Author as Plagiarist: The Case of Machado de Assis (2006); Brazil 2001: A Revisionary History of Brazilian Literature and Culture (2001). His book of dialogues with René Girard and Pierpaolo Antonello, Evolution and Conversion (2008), has been translated into 7 languages, and received in 2004 the “Prix Aujourd'hui” in France.
Among others, Castro Rocha has received the following distinctions: “Endowed Chair Machado de Assis of Latin American Studies” (Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana / Brazilian Embassy, Mexico - 2010); “Hélio and Amélia Pedroso/Luso-American Foundation Endowed Chair in Portuguese Studies” (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth - 2009); “Research Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung / Freie Universität” - 2005-2006); “Ministry of Culture Visiting Fellow” (University of Oxford, Centre for Brazilian Studies - 2004); “Tinker Visiting Professor” (University of Wisconsin, Madison - 2003); “Overseas Visiting Scholar”, (Cambridge University, St John's College - 2002); “John D. and Rose H. Jackson Fellow”, (Yale University, Beinecke Library - 2001).