Distinguished Visiting Professor 2018

José E. Limón will present a lecture titled: 

Sighting Mexican America among the Phantoms: Photorealism and the Encompassing Life and Art of Jesse Treviño

on April 26, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.


Professor Chon Noriega of UCLA, the leading critic of the art of Mexican America, metaphorically defines this art as a three-fold series of what he calls "phantom sightings." In this lecture, José E. Limón will discuss the life and work of San Antonio, Texas artist, Jesse Treviño, and their relationship to this tri-fold definition and to the increasingly socially diverse world of Mexican America.


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José E. Limón is the Notre Dame Foundation Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and former Director of its Institute for Latino Studies. He is also the Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature Emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin where he began teaching in 1978. He also served as Director of the University’s Center for Mexican-American Studies from 2000-2011. Limón graduated with the BA in philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin (1966); the MA in English (1969), and then the Ph.D. in folklore/ cultural anthropology (1978). Professor Américo Paredes directed his doctoral work. Limón also assisted Paredes in the founding of the Center for Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His academic interests include cultural studies, American literature, Mexican-American literature, anthropology and literature, US-Mexico cultural relations, critical theory, and folklore and popular culture. In 1987-88 he was a fellow at the Stanford Humanities Research Center.  The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded him a research fellowship in 1994, and he received another research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies for 1997-98. Limón has published on a variety of topics in US-Mexico cultural studies in a wide range of scholarly journals and in four 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 in1998.  Most recently he has published a book-length study of his mentor, Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique (University of Texas Press, 2012). He has also edited the writings of Jovita Gonzalez, Texas historian and folklorist, in two volumes, Caballero: A Historical Novel  (Texas A&M University Press, 1995) and Dew on the Thorn  (Arte Publico Press, 1997). He is working on a book in progress, Hispanic Self-Fashioning: The Making of a Mexican-American Middle Class Identity. Twice nominated for major undergraduate teaching excellence awards, Professor Limón also directed thirty PhDs to completion in English, anthropology, American Studies, and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin with the great majority of these now holding tenure-track positions in Research I universities.

He has presented many public lectures at leading universities including Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, California at Berkeley, the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, Indiana University, UCLA, the University of Madrid, Emory University, and the University of Bielefeld, Germany. In 1998-99 he served as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar lecturing at liberal arts colleges across the nation. Texas Monthly magazine selected him as one of its annual “twenty most influential Texans” for its September issue of 1999, and on April 15, 2000, he was also inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters.