The Enduring Legacy of Américo Paredes

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Scott McLemee’s column in Inside Higher Ed today features Ramón Saldívar, who won an award at the recent MLA conference for his book The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary. This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Paredes’s landmark book With a Pistol In His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero.  McLemee reports that "although the book did not reach a wide audience at first, it did come to
the attention of the Texas Rangers, who were not pleased. At least one
Ranger expressed an interest in revising the historical record by
shooting Paredes. Evidently he thought the better of this idea." McLemee recorded an interview with Saldívar which is available as a podcast,which "offers a good introduction to Paredes’s own life and work, and expresses some of Saldívar’s deep engagement with them."

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