Raúl Coronado Receives the Sixteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University has awarded the Sixteenth Annual Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship to Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, for his book A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture, published by the Harvard University Press in 2013.

Professor Coronado writes about and teaches Latina/o literary and intellectual history from the colonial period to the 1940s. He sees this period as forcing a disintegration in the Americas in which the seemingly impermeable barrier between U.S. and Latin American literary and intellectual history begins a reimagination into U.S. Latina/o studies. This is done through a transnational hemispheric framework, readings of political theories, diaries, and a wide variety of print cultures that circulate in Mexico and Texas throughout mostly the nineteenth century.

Coronado’s interdisciplinary framework draws from sociologist Jürgen Habermas’ conception of the public sphere to show how a Spanish-American public sphere emerges.  The author also incorporates the philosophical traditions of Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger to show how the Latino writers in Coronado’s study provided a new source of metaphysical certainty in this region. Drawing from these intellectual traditions, Coronado provides a well-documented argument of how diverse groups and historical circumstances (e.g., politics and expanding markets) contributed to the conception of modernity in this region. One of the most intriguing aspects of this book is Coronado’s skillful use of archival data to show that the ideas historical figures write about rarely produce what they intend. Instead, their primary contributions are to the larger historical narrative that is greater than their individual contributions. A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture changes how we view both the project of modernity and the contributions Latino cultures made to that project.

Professor Coronado will receive the award and present a lecture on Wednesday, 28 January 2015, at 4 p.m. in the Glasscock Center Library, Room 311 of the Glasscock Building on the campus of Texas A&M University.

The Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship was endowed in December 2000 by Melbern G. Glasscock, Texas A&M University Class of ’59, in honor of his wife.  Together, among many other generous gifts to Texas A&M University, they provided a naming endowment for the Center
in 2002.

For more information about the Glasscock Book Prize, previous recipients, and other events and opportunities offered through the Glasscock Center, see http://glasscock.tamu.edu.

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