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Sarah Nicholus


CWGS Core Teaching FacultyPhD, University of Texas at Austin

Embrey Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Women's & Gender Studies
Sarah Nicholus

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Literary and cultural studies; Latin American and Luso-Brazilian Studies; transnational gender, race, and feminist theory; LGBTQ studies; film, media and popular culture

Biography


Sarah Nicholus is an interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies scholar who holds a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent scholarship was published in the Journal of Lusophone Studies with a Special Dossier On Transnational and Counternational Queer Agencies in Lusophone CulturesSarah's research examines contemporary LGBT+ cultural productions in Northeastern Brazil, especially how traditional forms of culture express queerness by employing anti-colonial mobilizations of queer theory. Sarah's postdoctoral research examines bodies, borders, performance, and queer diaspora. It considers a transgressive body politics which emphasizes epistemologies of the Global South. 

Sarah was recently selected as a Career Development Bootcamp Fellow of the Modern Language Association and presented her work on LGBT+ culture in Brazil's traditional June Festivals for the CWGS Faculty Development Program. A Fulbright Fellow, Sarah taught and worked with International Education and Exchange Programs in Brazil before arriving at UT-Austin. 

Courses


WGS 393 • Writing Workshop: Wgs

44980 • Fall 2019
Meets T 12:30PM-3:30PM CBA 4.346

Interdisciplinary topics relating to Women's and Gender Studies.  Seats restricted to WGS MA and Portfolio students during early registration.  Check cross-listings for home departments and originating field of study.

WGS 350 • Feminist Theory

45695 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 3.116

Restricted to women's and gender studies majors and minors, priority to WGS majors.
Feminist theory with selections from women's and gender studies scholars. Recommended feminist theory course for women's and gender studies majors.

WGS F335 • Queer Brazil In Pop Culture

85960 • Summer 2017
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM SZB 286
(also listed as LAS F328)

In this course, we will investigate and analyze popular cultural productions related to gender and sexuality in Brazil including literature, music, film, oral poetry, dance performances, and urban space. The course will introduce students to queerness and queer theory in Latin America while asking how race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect with queerness in Brazil.

Queerness is more than just LGBT identities, and we will think about how queerness can challenge existing social norms and power relationships. We will look at the role of popular culture in defining notions of sex and sexuality and think through the question “what is queerness?” The course is organized around four main topics 1.) Queerness in Latin America 2.) Carnaval and the Racial Democracy 3.) Sex, Sexuality, and Mega-Events and 4.) Queerness in Rural/Urban Settings. We will move from Southeastern Brazil to the Northeast exploring popular cultural manifestations such as carnaval, samba, the World Cup, and the Festas Juninas. The course encourages sharing of articles, images, videos, and short comments via social media and our class Facebook group.

 

Classes will be taught in English and are open to any student in any discipline or program. Course materials will be available on Canvas.

 

Requirements and Grading Criteria

  • Class participation (attendance, class discussions, facebook posts etc.) – 20%
  • Five reading responses – 15%
  • Group presentation – small groups leading class discussion – 15%
  • One 3-4 page analytical paper – 20%
  • Final Project (creation of booklet, performance, map, or written analysis of an event/cultural production related to course themes) – 30%

POR 610S • Portuguese For Spanish Spkr I

45055 • Spring 2016
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM BEN 1.102

POR 610S. Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I. 6 Hours.

Designed to provide qualified Spanish-speaking students a rapid introduction to Portuguese language. Development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of grammar; and gaining a better understanding of Portuguese-speaking cultures, with a focus on Brazil, in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of socio-cultural situations. Six lecture hours a week for one semester.

POR 610S • Portuguese For Spanish Spkr I

45105 • Fall 2015
Meets MWF 2:00PM-4:00PM BEN 1.102

POR 610S. Portuguese for Spanish Speakers I. 6 Hours.

Designed to provide qualified Spanish-speaking students a rapid introduction to Portuguese language. Development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills; building vocabulary, learning basic rules and terminology of grammar; and gaining a better understanding of Portuguese-speaking cultures, with a focus on Brazil, in order to communicate in an accurate, effective, and informed manner within a variety of socio-cultural situations. Six lecture hours a week for one semester.


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