Surrounding One's Self with the Beauty of Life: A Public Lecture with Raúl Coronado

Raúl Coronado, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, kicked off the Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South’s speaker series for the 2014–2015 academic year. The title of his lecture was “Surrounding One’s Self with the Beauty of Life: Historicizing Nineteenth-Century Latina/o Writing.” In it, he addressed the following questions: “What do we make of the fact that nineteenth-century Latinos didn’t spend their time writing what I—and we as literary historians—so desperately had wanted them to have written: novels, poetry, drama? How might these other documents contribute to our understanding of Latina/o literary history, and how might they force us to get at the root of what literature is supposed to offer? What exactly is so special about the literary?”

Professor Coronado’s book, _A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture_ (Harvard University Press, 2013), has earned several awards, among them: the 2015 NACCS Book Award, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies; the 2014 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, American Studies Association; the 2014 TIL Award for Most Significant Scholarly Book from the Texas Institute of Letters; Honorable Mention from the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s Book Prize in 2014; and the 2013 MLA Prize for a First Book, Modern Language Association. Professor Coronado also serves as President of the Latina/o Studies Association.