RICARDO MIGUEZ holds a PhD in Literary Studies with a study of the heuristic value of fiction and an MA in Anglophone Literatures with a study of the American Dream and Postmodern US television. He has had extensive training in US Studies sponsored by the US State Department and the Fulbright Commission. He also holds a Certificate in US Studies from the Steinhardt School of Education, New York University. Dr. Miguez has already taught English language Literatures at the English Department of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and is now tenured at the Social Sciences Department of the Brazilian Naval Academy (Escola Naval). He has lectured in different countries and published papers in a number of international journals. Among his recent publications are: "That Which Dares Not Define its Name: An Overview of Postmodernism and Postmodern Trends" (2001), "New Perspectives on Anglophone Studies: An Anthology" (2002), and "‘The Simpsons’ Takes on the United States: Postmodernism and (De)Construction of the American Dream" (2003). He currently coordinates the Graduate Program in English Language and Culture at Veiga de Almeida University, in Brazil, and is a researcher affiliated to the Brazilian National Research Council (GrPesq/CNPq).