Lisa Shaw (Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies) was interviewed on ABC Australia Radio on Monday 6 February about the life and career of Brazilian singer and film star Carmen Miranda (1909-1955), and took calls from Australian listeners who were fans of the so-called ‘Brazilian Bombshell’.

The full interview is available on the following podcast: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/overnights/carmen-miranda-lisa-shaw/8251244

Lisa has written on Carmen Miranda in the edited book Stars and Stardom in Brazilian Cinema, published this month by Berghahn Books, and which features an image of the exuberant Carmen on its cover.

carmen-mirandaEdited by Lisa and colleagues from the University of Southampton, UK, and the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil, this book traces the evolution of the phenomenon of stardom in Brazilian cinema from the silent era until the present day, and contains individual studies of stars such as Rodrigo Santoro, Seu Jorge and Coffin Joe, as well as chapters on the role of the film press in the creation of a star system and the rise of non-professional ‘stars’ in recent years. Lisa analyses Carmen’s screen persona in Hollywood in the module HISP112 Women in Iberian and Latin American Literature and Culture, and looks at examples of her Brazilian films in the final year module HISP333 Brazilian Popular Culture.