Department of English

Associate Professor Deborah Paredez's 'Selenidad' wins honor

Wed, March 9, 2011

The English Department congratulates incoming faculty member Deborah Paredez, whose book Selenidad: Selena, Latinos, and the Performance of Memory (Duke University Press, 2009) was awarded the 2011 National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies Book Award Honorable Mention.

The National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies offered one grand prize and one honorable mention in their Book Award category this year. The honor is the second Selenidad has received; it was also awarded a 2010 Latin American Studies Association Latino Studies Book Award Honorable Mention.

According to Duke University Press's Web site, Selenidad explores the "outpouring of memorial tributes and public expressions of grief followed the death of the Tejana recording artist Selena Quintanilla Pérez in 1995." In the political and cultural context of the decade's "Latin explosion," Paredez discusses the "significance and broader meaning" of tributes in documentaries, magazines, Web sites, monuments, biographies, murals, look-alike contests, musicals, drag shows, and more.

Deborah Paredez is Interim Director of UT's Center for Mexican American Studies and Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance. She will join the English Department in the fall of 2011.

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