Associate Professor, Portuguese
Spanish and Portuguese

Research Areas

Transatlantic Studies; Modern and contemporary literature in Portugal and Brazil; Surrealism and other avant-gardes in the Portuguese-speaking world; Cultural Hybridity; Literature and the Arts.


Mário-Henrique Leiria was an acclaimed writer, essayist, and painter who joined the Surrealist group in Portugal in the late 1940s. In order to avoid political persecution during Salazar dictatorship, Leiria moved to São Paulo, Brazil. He lived there for nine years. Back in Portugal in 1970, Leiria published two best-selling books: The Gin and Tonic Short Stories (1973), and New Stories of the Gin (1974). This third volume brings to light a side of the author that was until now unknown to the public: his manifestos, art and literary criticism and letters.

Selected Articles