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Cris Lira

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Supervisor, Portuguese

Cris Lira holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia. She specializes in Contemporary Brazilian Literature. Her research interests are mostly related to contemporary Brazilian and Latin American literature and culture with an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. She is interested in women's writing, the connection between representations of female characters and violence, exile aesthetics, and post dictatorship, gender and memory studies. Her articles have been published in Revista Iberoamericana, Chasqui, Revista Mulheres e Literatura, among other journals. In 2022, she co-edited the bilingual collection of poems (Portuguese/English) Raízes: Brazilian Women Poets in Translation, published by Venas Abiertas publishing house. Cris Lira is also a creative writer. Her most recent book, Fragmentos do interior (2021), is part of the third Mulherio das Letras (Women of Letters) collection of single-authored books published by Editora Venas Abiertas. In 2020, she published O mundo é esse lugar (The World is Such a Place) as part of the second Mulherio das Letras collection of single-authored books. Her previous books, No país da infância (My Childhood Country) and Ponte para o poente (Bridge to the Sunset) were both published in 2019 as part of the first Mulherio das Letras collection, which was a finalist of the prestigious Brazilian literary award Jabuti in 2020. Some of her short stories and poems have appeared in collections such as iBasta! 100+Latinas Against Gender Violence (University of Nevada Press, 2017) and Mulherio pela paz (ABR, 2018).

Selected Publications:


Research Articles:

  1. Lira, Cristiane. "A personagem da guerrilheira em As meninas, de Lygia Fagundes Telles, e em Conversación al Sur, de Marta Traba." Revista Iberoamericana (2020): 543-560.
  2. Lira, Cristiane Barbosa. "A presença e o desvanecimento da figura paterna: o caso da narrativa de Milton Hatoum e Cristovão Tezza" Chasqui 48.1 (2019): 180-195.


Edited Volumes:

  1. Rodrigues, Cecília Paixa Ximenes; Lira, Cristiane; Bezerra, Lígia. "Ocupando espaços: legitimação de escritoras brasileiras contemporâneas." Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea (2023): e6901.


Single-authored books:


Ponte  Infancia 

 mundo  Fragmentos  



Download Raízes: Brazilian Women Poets in Translation here. 




Ph.D in Romance Languages, University of Georgia

M.A. in Romance Languages, University of Georgia.

Articles Featuring Cris Lira

The Portuguese program in Romance Languages and the Portuguese Flagship Program are proud to announce that this year six of our students were awarded the prestigious and highly competitive Boren Scholarship. This remarkable achievement deserves our heartfelt…

Portuguese students in the Department of Romance Languages had the privilege of receiving Brazilian percussionist Bill Lucas and Brazilian singer Maria Kamila, lead singer of Perrengue’s band, last week to learn about Brazilian rhythms. Students were…

The Portuguese Flagship Program (PFP) proudly hosted a Professional Development event recently that brought together current PFP students and nearly 30 alumni from cohorts dating back to our very first overseas capstone group in 2013.

On October 31st, the Portuguese Flagship Program at UGA hosted Dr. Fernanda Guida (Spelman College), three students from Spelman College (Amyre Hobbs, Annis Baron, Latisha Jones), one student from Morehouse (Carleon Outlaw), and Portuguese Fulbright…

Cecília Rodrigues, Cris Lira, and Ligia Bezerra (Arizona State U) have edited a special issue of the prestigious literary journal Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea 

Congratulations to Vera Bulla for successfully defending her Ph.D. dissertation titled "Climate Bildungsroman in 21st Century Brazil: A Study of Nikelen Witter's Viajantes do…

Cecília Paiva Ximenes Rodrigues and Cris Lira have edited a bilingual collection in Portuguese and English of Brazilian women's poetry. 

Committee Members

Master's Student, Brazilian Literature
Master's Student, Portuguese Studies
Master's Student, Spanish

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