Plinio Birskis Barros is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University. He graduated with a degree in Portuguese and French from São Paulo University (USP), in Brazil, where he studied with the Brazilian literary critic, Professor José Antonio Pasta Júnior. He later earned a master’s degree in French Literature from Sorbonne University (Paris IV). His master’s thesis, entitled La Matière Commune: Vallès, Blanqui, Cladel et la mise en forme de la révolution de 1871, examines the formal singularities present in the literary representation of a revolutionary historical matter. His research interests focus on the dialectical relationships between literary forms and social process, particularly in 19th-century France.