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Marcelo Nogueira,

Marcelo Nogueira

Marcelo Nogueira (M. Noah) is a Ph.D. candidate in Romance Studies at Duke University pursuing a dual-track program in Spanish and Portuguese with a focus on the relation between literature and sound from the mid-twentieth century to the present. His dissertation, “Unleashed Voices: Sound and Sense in Latin American Literature, 1950-1980,” under the direction of Professor Esther Gabara, investigates the relationship between literary artifacts and sound technologies in shaping cultural and political ecologies in the transition from modernity to post-modernity in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. He completed his M.A. at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul and his B.A. at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. At Duke he has taught courses in the Portuguese and Spanish language programs as well as literature and cultural studies. His research interests include twentieth-century poetry and literature in its intersections with music and the arts, las vanguardias in Latin America, Brazilian modernism, concrete poetry, the poetics of voice, media and sound studies.

Prior to his doctoral studies, Marcelo built a public humanities profile as a radio personality in Brazil. As a host, he interviewed more than a hundred cultural actors including renowned figures like Enrique Vila-Matas, Tom Zé, Felipe Ehrenberg, and Philip Glass. He also produced award-winning on-line based projects. In 2006, he produced and presented the first Brazilian podcast entirely dedicated to literature and culture in Latin America, published by a major media network, the Bandeirantes Group.

Among his artistic projects, Marcelo presents lecture-demonstrations of classical and popular Brazilian guitar music, including the Five Preludes by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which he performed at Princeton University in 2019. As a sound artist, his 2014 sound-peace installation on the Teatro Oficina theatrical group of São Paulo was exhibited at the Imperial Palace Museum (Paço Imperial) in Rio de Janeiro.

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