Percio Castro

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Percio Castro


  • Full-Time Faculty


Pércio B. de Castro, Jr., is a Professor in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at the University of Dayton (Ohio). A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he studied law at the Federal University-Rio de Janeiro and obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in Ibero-American literature from Temple University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Castro is also in both Spanish and Portuguese by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an official tester of the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and as a trainer of those who are being trained to conduct OPIs. He holds, as well, the following certifications by ACTFL: Interagency Language Roundtable ACTFL/ILR (dual certification as a tester in Spanish and Portuguese), Oral Proficiency Interview computer delivered (OPIc – rater in Spanish, Portuguese, and English), Written Proficiency Testing (WPT rater in Spanish and Portuguese), and ACTFL’s Assessment of Performance towards Language Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL – rater in Spanish).

Critical Interests

  • Comparative studies of literary and cinematographic works among Brazilian, Spanish, and Spanish American authors and film directors
  • Analytical examination of contemporary literary and cinematographic techniques

Selected Publications

Dr. Castro is the author of De la Península hacia Latinoamérica: el naturalismo social en Emilia Pardo Bazán, Eugenio Cambacérès y Aluísio de Azevedo (New York: Peter Lang, 1993),  he has also published articles and poems in such journals as Alba de América, Universitas Humanistica, Hispanófila, Revista Chilena de Literatura, Texto, Cine-Lit,Reflejos, and Acta Literaria, among others.