Several biographies of AmAcrico 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, JosAc E. LimA³n (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, AmAcrico Paredes challenges and corrects prevailing readings by contemporary critics of Paredes's Asian period and of such works as the novel George Washington GA³mez, illuminating new facets in Paredes's role as a folklorist and public intellectual. LimA³n also explores how the field of cultural studies has drifted away from folklore, or qthe poetics of everyday life, q 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, qWith His Pistol in His Hand, q 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, AmAcrico Paredes gives this pivotal literary figure and his legacy the critical analysis they deserve.Serving as a counterpoint to hagiographic commentaries, AmAcrico Paredes challenges and corrects prevailing readings by contemporary critics of Paredesa#39;s Asian period and of such works as the novel George Washington GA³mez, illuminating new ...
|Author||:||José E. Limón|
|Publisher||:||University of Texas Press - 2012-10-15|