David Mittelman

Phone: (603) 862-4005
Office: UNH Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Murkland Hall, G10J, Durham, NH 03824
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David M. Mittelman is lecturer in Portuguese in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (LLC) and teaches courses on the language and cultures of the Luso-Afro-Brazilian world. Before coming to UNH, he was visiting assistant professor of Portuguese and Brazilian studies at Brown University. He is the author of articles and reviews appearing in Chasqui, Rocky Mountain Review, Transmodernity, Brasil/Brazil, and Pessoa Plural. He is currently working on a book about the treatment of skepticism and the suspension of judgment in the work of Brazilian authors including Machado de Assis, João Guimarães Rosa and Clarice Lispector. In addition to his work on philosophy and Brazilian literature, he is developing a comparative ecocritical study of the Brazilian sertão and the semi-arid and desert regions of North America. He is the founder of Flat Cap Publishing, a small press that has released three chapbooks: “Juniper” (by Kate Beall), “Moby Dick Made Me Do It” (by Felicia Zamora), and “Port of Entry” (edited by Kate Beall).


  • Ph.D., Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
  • A.M., Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University
  • A.B., Philosophy, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Brown University

Research Interests

  • Brazilian fiction
  • Literary and cultural comparison of the Brazilian sertão and the American West

Courses Taught

  • PORT 401: Elementary Portuguese I
  • PORT 402: Elementary Portuguese II
  • PORT 503: Intermediate Portuguese I

Selected Publications

Mittelman, D. (2016). Água Viva, um salmo clariciano. TRANSMODERNITY: Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic World, 6(1), 55-70. Retrieved from https://escholarship.org/uc/item/4nm498rx

Mittelman, D. (2014). “Deponho que não sei”: O problema do saber em Grande Sertão: Veredas. Rocky Mountain Review, 68(1), 52-62. doi:10.1353/rmr.2014.0018

Mittelman, D. (n.d.). Training Skeptical Readers in Machado de Assis's Helena. Chasqui.