Theorizing Masculinity in the Context of Luso-Afro-Brazilian Culture

  • Jeremy Lehnen University of New Mexico
  • Rex P. Nielson Brigham Young University
Keywords: Masculinity, gender, hegemony, feminist theory, embodiment


This special issue of the Journal of Lusophone Studies explores the multifaceted ways that masculinities are performed and embodied throughout the Portuguese-speaking world. The articles presented here interrogate the concept of masculinity to understand better how the arts engage with and participate in rethinking masculinities. While this volume focuses specifically on expressions of masculinity within the Lusophone world, these articles also broadly engage with questions related to masculinities studies by revealing how, within the Portuguese-speaking world, writers are questioning, destabilizing, and in some cases reifying the concept of masculinity.

Author Biographies

Jeremy Lehnen, University of New Mexico
Jeremy Lehnen is Associate Professor of Portuguese, Spanish & Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.  His research focuses on questions of gender and masculinities in twentieth and twenty-first century film, narrative and electronic cultural production. His recent articles have appeared in Luso-Brazilian Review, Mexican Studies/Estudios mexicanos, and Pro-posições. His book, Down These Manly Streets: Neo-Authoritarian Masculinity in Contemporary Brazilian Crime Film, is forthcoming.  
Rex P. Nielson, Brigham Young University
Rex P. Nielson is Associate Professor of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on Brazilian nineteenth- and twentieth-century narrative, gender and masculinity, ecocriticism and environmental ethics, digital humanities, and language and literature pedagogy. His recent articles have appeared in Luso-Brazilian Review, Romance Notes, Hispania, Romance Quarterly, Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, Portuguese Studies, Chasqui, and HIOL: Hispanic Issues On Line.