AUSTIN, Texas—Ramón Saldívar, vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford University, will present the Thirteenth Annual Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture in April at The University of Texas at Austin.
The lecture, Transnational Migrations and Border Identities: Immigration, Postmodern Culture, and the Pedagogy of Conjunto, is sponsored by the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Austin and is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7 p.m. on April 8 at Bass Lecture Hall of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. A reception will follow. Free parking is available at the LBJ Library Parking lot off Red River Street, between Manor Road and 26th Street.
Saldívar is a professor of English and comparative literature, associate dean in the School of Humanities & Science, and vice provost for undergraduate education at Stanford University. He received his bachelor’s degree with highest honors (Phi Beta Kappa) in the Plan II Honors Program at UT Austin in 1972. He received a master of philosophy and Ph.D. degrees in comparative literature from Yale University.
A native of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Saldívar taught in the department of English at UT Austin from 1976 to 1991. He has been at Stanford since 1991.
Saldívar’s teaching and research focus on the areas of literary criticism and literary theory, the history of the novel, 19th and early 20th century literary studies, cultural studies and Chicano studies. His articles have appeared in MLN: Modern Language Notes, ELH: A Journal of English Literary History, Comparative Literature, Diacritics, Studies in the Novel, American Literary History, and other major journals. He has served on the editorial boards of Stanford University Press and the scholarly journal American Literature.
His first book, Figural Language in the Novel: The Flowers of Speech from Cervantes to Joyce, a study of the authority of meaning in the novel, was published by Princeton University Press in 1984. His second book, Chicano Narrative: The Dialectics of Difference, a history of the development of Chicano narrative forms, was published by University of Wisconsin Press in 1990 and is now in its second printing. He is currently working on a book on Chicano modernity and postmodernity, tentatively titledThe Borderlands of Culture: Modernity, the Nation, and Chicano Subject Formation.
The Américo Paredes Distinguished Lecture was established by the center in 1987. The series honors Américo Paredes, the Dickson, Allen, and Anderson Centennial Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and English at UT Austin.
For more information, please call Jordana Barton of CMAS at (512) 471-2136.