José E. Limón

Jose Limon

Professor Emeritus

Specialty: Latino Literature; Cultural Studies; 20th Century U.S. Southern Literature

Degrees: BA, MA, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

José E. Limón’s academic interests include cultural studies, American literature, Mexican-American literature, anthropology and literature, US-Mexico cultural relations, critical theory, and folklore and popular culture.  He has held residential research fellowships at UCLA (1978-79) and at the Stanford Humanities Research Center(1987-88).  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 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).

His latest book, Américo Paredes: Culture and Critique, appeared in 2012 from the University of Texas Press. He also has two book projects in progress: Hispanic Self-Fashioning: The Making of a Mexican-American Middle Class Identity and Neither Friends, Nor Strangers: Mexicans and Anglos in the Literary Making of Texas.

Recent Publications:

  • “Spirited Geographies: Amparo García-Crow’s Trans-regional Views of South Texas.” In Amparo García-Crow: The South Texas Plays. South Gate, CA.: NoPassport Press, 2009. Pp. 19-30.
  •  “Jose Limon, the Devil and the Dance.” In: A Companion to Latina/o Studies. Eds. Juan Flores and Renato Rosaldo. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing (2008). Pp. 93-104.
  •  “Border Literary Histories, Globalization, and Critical Regionalism.” American Literary History 20 (2008) 160- 182.