Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Rene Saldana

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Johnson

Third Advisor

Dr. Douglas LaPrade


The late Dr. Américo Paredes, in addition to his exemplary scholastic contributions to Mexican American scholarship, has achieved critical acclaim for his fiction. While scholars proclaim Paredes' fictional texts, which were written and set amidst a racially intensified social structure during the first half of the twentieth century, as remarkable portrayals of South Texas life, this paper calls for a “re-envisioning” of his literary works. Rather than a mere portrayal of South Texas society, using Paredes' most influential novel, George Washington Gómez , I explore the work's autobiographical content and assert that, because of its factual basis, scholars re-access his fiction as a means of gaining a new historical perspective on South Texas culture.


Copyright 2005 Diana Noreen Rivera. All Rights Reserved.ómez/docview/305369758/se-2?accountid=7119

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American