João Camilo dos Santos

Professor Emeritus


Portuguese Literature. Brazilian Literature. Comparative Literature.


Professor João Camilo dos Santos is Docteur-ès-Lettres, having earned his Doctorat d’Etat in France (University of Haute-Bretagne) in 1983. Before coming to the University of California, Santa Barbara he was a professor at the Universities of Oslo, Rennes, Aix-en-Provence and Grenoble. He was a professor of Portuguese and Brazilian literatures and of Comparative Literature (narrative, short stories, nineteenth century adultery novel) at University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published two books and an extensive number of scholarly articles on diverse literary subjects. His research publications focus chiefly on nineteenth and twentieth centuries novelists and poets, and on "neo-realismo". In his research Professor Camilo dos Santos has as a rule given particular attention to literary theory and criticism, focusing on technical and stylistics aspects of narrative, poetry, and drama. He has been between 1989 and 2015 the Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and responsible for the publication series of the Center for Portuguese Studies and the founder and editor of its yearly journal, Santa Barbara Portuguese Studies (1994). He is the author of two books of essays: Carlos de Oliveira et le Roman (Paris, Fundação Gulbenkian,1987); Os Malefícios da Literatura, do Amor e da Civilização, Ensaios sobre Camilo Castelo Branco (Lisboa, Edições Fenda, 1992). He organized two international colloquia at University of California, Santa Barbara, on Camilo Castelo Branco and on the Portuguese and the Pacific. He is the author of a novel, Retrato Breve de J.B. (Porto, Editora Paisagem, 1975; 2nd edition, Edições Fenda, Lisboa, 2006), of a volume of short stories, O Grande Frémito da Paixão (Edições Fenda, Lisboa, 2002), and of a volume of short plays, Uma Sonata de Brahms e Outros Diálogos (Capital do Teatro, Covilhã, 1998), some of which have been produced several times in Portugal. He has also authored eleven volumes of poetry and published numerous articles, poems, short-stories, and plays, in books, journals, literary magazines. Some of his poems have been included in anthologies of poetry and published in translation in French and Spanish.