Bonnie S. Wasserman earned her doctorate in Portuguese with a minor in African Languages and Literatures from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley and a BA in Ibero-American Studies and Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Wasserman is the author of three books: Metaphors of Oppression in Lusophone Historical Drama (Peter Lang, 2003 ), Cinema for Portuguese Conversation (Hackett, 2011 ), and Contemporary Afro-Brazil: A Multidisciplinary Anthology (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2018). Dr. Wasserman is a two-time Fulbright Scholarship Award recipient (Portugal, 1994-95; Barbados, 2011). Her research interests include Sephardic and Caribbean Studies. Dr. Wasserman is currently completing a monograph on the Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Novel.
This course introduces students to the origins and emergence of Afro-Brazilians, peoples of African descent in Brazil, from an interdisciplinary perspective. Principle topics of discussion will be drawn from areas of history, philosophy, political economy, literature, the arts, religion, culture, and society.
The aim of the course is to investigate African Caribbean writings in English on issues from slavery through the 20th century. the key focus will be on issues from what is now considered the post colonial islands and countries. It will also take into account, the growing body of literature by Caribbean women writers.