Department of English

Domino Perez Publishes New Book "Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture"

Mon, October 8, 2018
Domino Perez Publishes New Book
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Congratulations to Domino Perez on the publication of her new book, Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture, co-edited with Rachel González-Martin, and published by Rutgers University Press! For purchase details and book information, visit Rutgers UP.

Here's what people are saying:

“Domino Perez and Rachel González-Martin have assembled a dynamic and eclectic collection that urges us to see, hear, and place race and racialized representations beyond stereotypical, silenced, and sedentary subjectivities. Engaging the contemporary social politics of race in television, film, music, and other performative sites, Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture deftly reframes, remixes, and resituates discourse on folklore and pop culture to usher in nuanced understandings and challenging conversations befitting who we are and where we may be going as local and global creators, consumers, and critics of the popular.”

—Dustin Tahmahkera, author of Tribal Television: Viewing Native People in Sitcoms

“The ugly eruptions of racism and resurgent white supremacy in this 'post-racial' time are grim reminders of just how vital it is that we understand and engage the complex and contested logics of race in the United States and other settler states. This volume is an impressive and indeed essential tool for that purpose. The editors have brought together a community of thoughtful, provocative thinkers in conversation at the crossroads of folklore, popular culture, critical theory, political action, and lived experience. Collectively and individually the contributors take race and (self-) representation seriously, in often unexpected, sometimes playful, occasionally fierce, but always compelling ways; they challenge readers to reconsider our own biases and boundaries around knowledge and cultural production, and extend the horizon of what is and can be possible in our critical conversations and embodied understandings. Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture offers vital, nourishing intellectual sustenance in these cruel and incurious times.”

—Daniel Heath Justice, author of Why Indigenous Literatures Matter

About the Author:

Domino Renee Perez is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies, specializing in Young Adult Fiction, Mexican American and Latinx Literature, 20 and 21st Century American Literature, Film, Popular Culture, and Cultural Studies.

Her book There Was a Woman: La Llorona From Folklore to Popular Culture (UT Press, 2008) examines La Llorona, the weeping woman, one of the most famous figures in US/Mexican folklore. In addition to Race and Cultural Practice in Popular Culture, Domino has published numerous book chapters and articles on topics ranging from film and Indigeneity in Mexican American studies to young adult fiction and folklore. She is also the recipient of the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, a University of Texas system-wide honor in recognition of excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Dr. Perez's op-eds and interviews, focusing on race and representation in film, literature, and other media, have appeared in The Washington PostThe ConversationHuffington PostTruthOutThe HillNBC LatinoFox News LatinoThe Houston Chronicle, and Texas Standard. 

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