Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique (Jack and Doris Smothers Series in Texas History, Life, and Culture)

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Several biographies of Américo Paredes have been published over the last decade, yet they generally overlook the paradoxical nature of his life's work. Embarking on an in-depth, critical exploration of the significant body of work produced by Paredes, José E. Limón (one of Paredes's students and now himself one of the world's leading scholars in Mexican American studies) puts the spotlight on Paredes as a scholar/citizen who bridged multiple arenas of Mexican American cultural life during a time of intense social change and cultural renaissance.

Serving as a counterpoint to hagiographic commentaries, Américo Paredes challenges and corrects prevailing readings by contemporary critics of Paredes's Asian period and of such works as the novel George Washington Gómez, illuminating new facets in Paredes's role as a folklorist and public intellectual. Limón also explores how the field of cultural studies has drifted away from folklore, or "the poetics of everyday life," while he examines the traits of Mexican American expressive culture. He also investigates the scholarly paradigm of ethnography itself, a stimulating inquiry that enhances readings of Paredes's best-known study, "With His Pistol in His Hand," and other works. Underscoring Paredes's place in folklore and Mexican American literary production, the book questions the shifting reception of Paredes throughout his academic career, ultimately providing a deep hermeneutics of widely varied work. Offering new conceptions, interpretations, and perspectives, Américo Paredes gives this pivotal literary figure and his legacy the critical analysis they deserve.

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José Limón is Notre Dame Professor of American Literature at the University of Notre Dame and the former Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. He also served as Director of UT-Austin’s Center for Mexican American Studies.

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"Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique is itself central to any in-depth study of folklore and of Paredes himself." (Bulletin of Spanish Studies)

"Professor Limón is an amazing, powerful critic, and therefore this book is provocative, probing, perceptive, and at times polemical. This is a ground-breaking piece of intellectual work, exhibiting many brilliantly articulated arguments that are deeply original and profound." (María Herrera-Sobek, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy, University of California, Santa Barbara)

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