Awards and Honors
LALS chair Rosa Linda Fregoso receives MLA
By Jennifer McNulty
Rosa Linda Fregoso, professor and chair of Latin American and
Latino studies, has been selected to receive a top award from
the Modern Language Association of America.
Rosa Linda FregosoJennifer
Fregoso will receive the second annual MLA Prize in United
States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and
Cultural Studies Award for her book, MeXicana Encounters:
The Making of Social Identities on the Borderlands. The
award, which was announced November 22, will be presented December
28 during the association's annual convention, to be held this
year in Philadelphia.
The prize, one of 16 awards that will be presented, is awarded
for an outstanding scholarly study of Latina or Latino or Chicana
or Chicano literature or culture. Fregoso will receive a certificate
and a check for $1,000.
In selecting MeXicana Encounters, the committee called
the book theoretically astute, sensitive to Chicana/o
issues, deeply committed to a progressive political mission,
and articulated in an elegant, readable writing style.
The book weds the finest elements of personal narrative
to highly sophisticated cultural studies readings and
presents an outstanding study of films and cultural issues.
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