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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá

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Teaching Associate in Portuguese Studies
Praeceptor at Corpus Christi College
Spanish & Portuguese
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Vivien Kogut Lessa de Sá is interested in comparative studies in Brazilian, Portuguese and English literatures, early colonial Brazil and early modern travel writing.

She has previously taught at the University of Essex, at the State University of Rio (UERJ) and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio (PUC-Rio). In 2015 she published a critical edition of one of the earliest descriptions of Brazil written by an Englishman (The Admirable Adventures and Strange Fortunes of Anthony Knivet: an English Pirate in Brazil, CUP). Her Portuguese translation of Knivet’s account was published in Brazil in 2007 (As Incríveis Aventuras e Estranhos Infortúnios de Anthony Knivet, Zahar Editores). Her recent research has yielded three book chapters, all due to be published in 2019: "English Pirates in Brazil: early Anglo-Portuguese relations in the New World", with Sheila Hue, "Translation and Prolepsis: A Tupi Christian Doctrine and its Transatlantic Journey", with Caroline Egan, and "Dying in their own minds: firsting and lasting in the early Jesuit work with Tupi language in Brazil". She has also translated and co-edited (with Sheila Hue) Ingleses no Brasil: relatos de viagem 1526-1608, a collection of twelve accounts of English travels to colonial Brazil, hitherto untranslated into Portuguese (forthcoming).