The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary

The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary

by Ramón Saldívar
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822337894

ISBN-13: 9780822337898

Pub. Date: 04/04/2006

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Poet, novelist, journalist, and ethnographer, Américo 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

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Poet, novelist, journalist, and ethnographer, Américo 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 Ramón Saldívar establishes Paredes’s preeminent place in writing the contested cultural history of the south Texas borderlands. At the same time, Saldívar 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.

Saldívar 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.” Saldívar 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. Saldívar 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, Saldívar extends Paredes’s intellectual project and shows how it contributes to the remapping of the field of American studies from a transnational perspective.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822337898
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Series:
New Americanists
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
536
Sales rank:
856,065
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : in memoriam3
Pt. IHistory and remembrance as social aesthetics
1"The memory is all that matters"23
2A life in the borderlands64
Pt. IIFictions of the transnational imaginary
3The checkerboard of consciousness in George Washington Gomez145
4Transnational modernisms : Paredes, Roosevelt, Rockwell, Bulosan, and the four freedoms190
5Paredes and the modernist vernacular intellectuals : George I. Sanchez and Emma Tenayuca226
6The borders of modernity241
7Bilingual aesthetics and the law of the heart264
8Border subjects and transnational sites : the Hammon and the beans and other stories289
9Narrative and the idioms of race, nation, and identity318
10The postwar borderlands and the origins of the transnational imaginary : the occupation-era writings in Pacific Stars and Stripes and El Universal344
11The Shadow and the imaginary functioning of institutions395
Conclusion : a transsentimental journey432

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