José E. Limón
Endowed Professor Emeritus, Former ILS Director (2012-2015)
Specialty: Latino Cultural Studies; 20th Century Southern Literature; Critical Theory
Degrees: BA, MA. Ph.D. , University of Texas at Austin
José E. Limón received the lifetime distinguished scholarly achievement award in 2018 from the Western Literature Association and the American Folklore Society’s Américo Paredes Prize for distinguished folklore scholarship. His four books include Mexican Ballads, Chicano Poems: History and Influence in Mexican-American Social Poetry (University of California Press, 1992), which received an “Honorable Mention” award for the University of Chicago Folklore Prize for a “distinguished contribution to folklore scholarship.” 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. His most recent book is 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). At present, he is retired in Long Beach, CA and at work on a book, The Streets of Laredo: Modernity and its Discontents. His most recent publications include:
"Sweet Birds of Youth: Coming of Age from Bless me Ultima to The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue," In The Forked Juniper: Critical Perspectives on Rudolfo Anaya. Ed. Roberto Cantú. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. 73- 97.
“Al Norte Toward Home: Texas, the Midwest, and Mexican American Critical Regionalism.” In The Latina/o Midwest Reader. Eds. Omar Valerio-Jimenez, Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez, and Claire F. Fox. Urbana-Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2017. Pp. 40-56.
"Sighting Mexican America among the Phantoms: Jesse Treviño, Photorealism, and the Art of Remembrance.” Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures. 3:1 (2018) 92-119. This last article was also presented as the ILS Distinguished Visiting Professor Lecture at the University of Notre Dame on April 26, 2018.