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Antonio Da Silva

Lecturer in Portuguese



I completed a BA in Languages, Literature and Linguistics in Brazil before obtaining an MRes in Brazilian cinema and a PhD in Hispanic Studies (Brazilian Cinema). I joined the University of Surrey in 2017, having taught at a number of other British universities and being an examiner for Portuguese at various institutions.

Research interests

My research and teaching interests are on the relationship between cinema and theories such as Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Colonialism/Postcolonialism, Transnationalism, and Queer: Gay/Lesbian/Trans, mainly in Afro-Luso-Brazilian and Latin American cinema and literature but also in other cultural representations.

I have also an interest in the Portuguese teaching/learning process, especially Portuguese as an additional, third and/or fourth language or so, including students' and teachers' beliefs about language learning/teaching, web teaching, the use of cinema and music in language teaching, and also in developing material for teaching Portuguese as a foreign language, including websites


I currently teach the following modules:

  • Portuguese Beginner (Evening classes)
  • Portuguese Pre-Intermediate (Evening classes)
  • PORL007 “Portuguese Stage 1” (BA module)
  • PORL008 “Portuguese Stage 2” (BA module)
  • TRAM410 “AB Initio Portuguese for Translation Purposes II” (MA module)

My publications


Da Silva, A. M. and M. Cunha, eds. (2017). Space and subjectivity in contemporary Brazilian cinema. Series: Screening Spaces. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Da Silva, A. M. Gender and sexuality in contemporary Afro-Luso-Brazilian cinemas: violated subjectivities. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. (forthcoming)

Da Silva, A. M. (2014). The 'femme' fatale in Brazilian cinema: challenging Hollywood norms. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.