Deneb Kozikoski Valereto

Deneb Kozikoski Valereto
Graduate Student Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
  • Address
    Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
    Casa Hispánica
    612 W116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
  • Office Hours
    Monday and Wednesday by appointment
  • Phone
    (212) 854-4526
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Deneb holds a B.A. from University College Maastricht, where she graduated as a Humanities student, concentrating on philosophy and literature. She continued her studies in these disciplines at Leiden University, where she completed a Research Master degree. Deneb has been a PhD student at the Latin American and Iberian Cultures department and Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University since 2011.

Deneb investigates how images and texts produced by naturalists, explorers, engineers, and intellectuals that traversed Amazonian environments and the tropics reconfigure perceptions of natural obstacles, mobility, and navigation in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her research ties together representations of maritime, fluvial, ground, and aerial mobility with the literary and cultural history of modern technology in nonfictional travel accounts.

Academic Statement

I conceive of my teaching practice as facilitating a student’s immersion in the expressive, communicative and conceptual possibilities afforded by what can be heterogeneously conceived as the Portuguese-speaking world. Any act of language comes from a strategy, has a technique and an effect, regardless of the extent to which the strategy itself is within the speaker’s awareness. The underlying question of the advanced language through content courses I give is: how do the opportunities and constraints of a milieu and context afford efficient strategies of meaning and communication in oral and written language?

In teaching I seek precisely to bring the strategies of meaning that are available within milieus to students’ attention so they can navigate different situations and actually make choices about their socio-linguistic individuation. My teaching is thus oriented towards building upon existing resources, improving them and devising activities where students can create strategies of their own. In the advanced language through content courses I give, we investigate the interdependency between the formal aspects of language and what is expressed by engaging with various mediatic materials, from literature, cinema and television to online social media, and the contexts of Brazilian culture wherein these materials are operative. The thematic scope comprehended in my advanced language through content courses critically grasps salient issues in contemporary Brazilian culture as to allow students to explore their academic interests and develop their language skills in relation to meaningful topics.