The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary (New Americanists)

By: Saldívar, Ramón

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Poet, novelist, journalist, and ethnographer, Americo Paredes (1915-1999) was a pioneering figure in Mexican American border studies and a founder of Chicano studies. Paredes taught literature and anthropology at the University of Texas, Austin for decades, and his ethnographic and literary critical work laid the groundwork for subsequent scholarship on the folktales, legends, and riddles of Mexican Americans. In this beautifully written literary history, the distinguished scholar Ramon Saldivar establishes Paredes's preeminent place in writing the contested cultural history of the south Texas borderlands. At the same time, Saldivar reveals Paredes as a precursor to the "new" American cultural studies by showing how he perceptively negotiated the contradictions between the national and transnational forces at work in the Americas in the nascent era of globalization.

Saldivar demonstrates how Paredes's poetry, prose, and journalism prefigured his later work as a folklorist and ethnographer. In song, story, and poetry, Paredes first developed the themes and issues that would be central to his celebrated later work on the "border studies" or "anthropology of the borderlands." Saldivar describes how Paredes's experiences as an American soldier, journalist, and humanitarian aid worker in Asia shaped his understanding of the relations between Anglos and Mexicans in the borderlands of south Texas and of national and ethnic identities more broadly. Saldivar was a friend of Paredes, and part of "The""Borderlands of Culture" is told in Paredes's own words. By explaining how Paredes's work engaged with issues central to contemporary scholarship, Saldivar extends Paredes's intellectual project and shows how it contributes to the remapping of the field of American studies from a transnational perspective.

Title: The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary (New Americanists)

Author Name: Saldívar, Ramón

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Publisher: Duke University Press Books:

ISBN Number: 0822337762

ISBN Number 13: 9780822337768

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

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