José E. Limón, professor of English at the University of Notre Dame and director of Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies will speak at UNT on October 5, 3:30 PM in Willis Library Forum, as part of the Department of English's American Studies Colloquium. Limón's talk is titled "Hispanic Self-Fashioning: The Making of a Mexican-American Middle Class Identity."
Limón has published on a variety of topics in US-Mexico cultural studies in a wide range of scholarly journals and in three books. The first, Mexican Ballads, Chicano Poems: History and Influence in Mexican-American Social Poetry (University of California Press, 1992), received an "Honorable Mention" award for the University of Chicago Folklore Prize for a "distinguished contribution to folklore scholarship," while his second book,Dancing with the Devil: Society and Cultural Poetics in Mexican-American South Texas (University of Wisconsin Press, 1994) was named as the winner of the 1996 American Ethnological Society Senior Scholar Prize for "a vital and contentious contribution to ethnology." A third book, American Encounters: Greater Mexico, the United States, and the Erotics of Culture, appeared with Beacon Press in 1998. He has also edited the writings of Jovita Gonzalez, Texas historian and folklorist, in two volumes,Caballero: A Historical Novel (Texas A&MUniversity Press, 1995) and Dew on the Thorn (Arte Publico Press, 1997).