Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique José E. Limón

ISBN: 9780292738775

Published: October 15th 2012

Hardcover

247 pages


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Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique  by  José E. Limón

Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique by José E. Limón
October 15th 2012 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 247 pages | ISBN: 9780292738775 | 5.29 Mb

Several biographies of Americo Paredes have been published over the last decade, yet they generally overlook the paradoxical nature of his lifes work. Embarking on an in-depth, critical exploration of the significant body of work produced byMoreSeveral biographies of Americo Paredes have been published over the last decade, yet they generally overlook the paradoxical nature of his lifes work. Embarking on an in-depth, critical exploration of the significant body of work produced by Paredes, Jose E. Limon (one of Paredess students and now himself one of the worlds 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, Americo Paredes challenges and corrects prevailing readings by contemporary critics of Paredess Asian period and of such works as the novel George Washington Gomez, illuminating new facets in Paredess role as a folklorist and public intellectual.

Limon 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 Paredess best-known study, With His Pistol in His Hand, and other works. Underscoring Paredess 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, Americo Paredes gives this pivotal literary figure and his legacy the critical analysis they deserve.



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