Making Maps

Literature & Space

Moacir P. de Sá Pereira


I am a scholar of literature & space, focusing on the way digital techniques can help elucidate novels of the 20th and 21st centuries. This focus expresses itself in my scholarship and teaching in the Department of English at New York University.


My scholarly activity circles around the book-length project I am preparing, Making Maps: Literature and Space with Everyday Criticism. In it, I argue for the possibilities of a mixed methods approach in widening opportunities for the digital humanities. I then use this methodology to iteratively read and geographically analyze novels of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Courses I teach emphasize process- and project-based learning, typically with students workshopping projects over the course of the term. Classes feature discussions on (American) novels and introduce students to digital tools (such as NYWalker) with which they can enhance their reading.

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I grew up in New Bedford, Massachusetts. I defended my dissertation “The Site of the Novel” in January 2014, and I received my PhD from the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago in June 2014.

After living (and teaching) in Europe for six years, I have been Assistant Professor / Faculty Fellow in the Department of English at New York University since 2015.

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