Marcelo Nogueira
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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 culture and sound from the mid-twentieth century to the present. His dissertation, “Sound Matters in Poetry, Music, and Arts Under Dictatorship in Brazil,” under the direction of Professor Esther Gabara, show how experiments with sound across three different fields—poetry, urban popular music, and the arts—destabilized authoritarian notions of nationalism while providing new modes of citizenship and subjectivity. 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, media, and cultural studies. He is currently a graduate teaching fellow in the International Comparative Studies program. 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, Ferreira Gullar, 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, covering composers like Heitor Villa-Lobos, Astor Piazzolla, and João Gilberto. 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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