The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture / Tagus Press is a multidisciplinary international studies and outreach unit dedicated to the study of the language, literatures and cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world. Working in close partnership with the Department of Portuguese and the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, it is the oldest of these units devoted to Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth.

Events - 2009

Lecture : "The Sea as Metaphor and Leitmotif in Bossa Nova"

by Dário Borim, Jr., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Dates: August 3, 2009 - 11.30 AM
Location: LARTS, Room 111

D?rio Borim, Jr.Brazil is the country with the longest and arguably the most exuberant Atlantic coastline in the world. It is not surprising that the sea has been one the most widely used images and inspiring elements in Brazilian popular music, whether it is in its mimetic representations of natural might and beauty or in its metaphorical roles as dream-weavers and myth-makers. Professor, blogger and radio host Dário Borim’s lecture will discuss some of the ways in which the sea appears in the sounds and lyrics of bossa nova compositions of all ages, from the heydays of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moraes to the contemporary musical tapestry of Adriana Calcanhotto, Rosa Passos and Joyce.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Portuguese, Dário Borim Jr. has published on a wide variety of topics concerning Brazil's literature and culture, from Nelson Rodrigues' modern drama to Clarice Lispector's poetic prose. In particular, his research aims to explore and explain the connections of art, literature, music and society in the works of writers and songwriters such as Rita Lee, Sergio Sant'Anna and Caetano Veloso. He has recently translated into English the first biography of Antonio Carlos Jobim, An Illuminated Man. Since 2001 Borim has organized ten concerts at UMass Dartmouth with award-winning artists from Brazil, Cape Verde, Israel, France, and Mozambique. Since that year he has also produced and presented Brazilliance, a weekly radio and Internet show on WUMD.