Estela Vieira

Estela Vieira

Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese

Associate Chair, Spanish and Portuguese

Interim Director, Portuguese Program


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 2001
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1997


  • Comparative Literature
  • Institute for European Studies
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • African Studies

About Estela Vieira

I am a scholar of Lusophone studies with special interests in nineteenth-century literature, film, and women writers. My first book studied the function and representation of the interior space in three realist novels. I am currently working on a manuscript that studies women authors in nineteenth-century Portugal. I am also interested in film and have published articles on film and literature, political memory and cinema, and Iberian women filmmakers. My research has focused on nineteenth-century writers including Machado de Assis, Eça de Queirós, Júlio Dinis; on Portugal’s cultural history including the Lisbon earthquake of 1755; on modernist poetics and contemporary authors such as José Saramago; and on comparative approaches to Lusophone and Hispanic studies.


Selected articles and book chapters

Co-edited journals


  • Portuguese and Brazilian literatures and cultures
  • Nineteenth-century women writers
  • Film and literature, Iberian women filmmakers
  • Portuguese cultural history 
  • Nineteenth-century narrative


  • Global Portuguese: Arts & Culture
  • Women Writing in Portuguese 
  • Theater in Portuguese: Nation & Identity
  • Literature & Film in Portuguese 
  • Literatures of the Portuguese Speaking World
  • Thinking in Portuguese: Essay, Criticism, Theory
  • Contemporary Portuguese Literature
  • Poetry in Portuguese
  • Portugal: The Cultural Context  
  • Advanced Grammar & Composition in Portuguese
  • Luís de Camões
  • Structure of the Portuguese Language

Current research projects

  • Portuguese women writers of the 19th century 
  • Women in Iberian film 
  • Machado de Assis’s female readers