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American Studies Lecture Series: Jose Limon

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 3:00 PM
EDUC 104 (located directly east of Zimmerman Library)

José Limón is the Julian Samora Professor of Latino Studies and director of the Institute of Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame as well as a Professor of American Literature and American Studies. He is also 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.

Hispanic Self-Fashioning: The Making of a Mexican-American Middle Class Identity

This interdisciplinary paper explores the socio-economic but also discursive emergence of a Mexican-American middle class against a rhetorical erasure stemming from a long held antipathy toward the middle class by Western intellectuals including the Chicano intelligentsia of the 1960s and 70s. The analysis draws on historical and contemporary socio-economic data but also painting, literature, popular culture and ethnography. Using sociological theory on the Western middle classes, I will argue that such a Mexican-American middle class has a progressive political efficacy and an engaging cultural “self-fashioning” in the words of English Renaissance scholar and literary theorist, Stephen Greenblatt. 

For Information contact Michael L. Trujillo at MLTruj@unm.edu or 505-688-5737. Co-sponsored by Spanish and Portuguese, English, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Chicana/o Studies, and the American Studies Graduate Student Association.

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