Ramón Saldívar is currently working on a new project, tentatively titled “The Racial Imaginary: Speculative Realism and Historical Fantasy in Contemporary American Fiction.” During his year as a fellow, the focus of his work is a consideration of the fate of the philosophical and formal term “realism” in contemporary ethnic fiction by following its history from the early twentieth to early twenty-first centuries in the modes of social realism, surrealism, magical realism, post-positive realism, weird realism, and speculative realism.
Saldívar, professor of English and comparative literature and the Hoagland Family Professor of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2012. From 2012-2019, Saldívar served as the Burke Family Director of the Bing Overseas Studies Program at Stanford. His teaching and research focus on the areas of literary criticism and literary theory, the history of the novel, 19th, 20th and 21st century literary studies, cultural studies, comparative race/ethnic studies, transnationalism and globalization, and U.S. LatinX Studies.
He is the author and editor of four books and numerous other scholarly publications. In 2006, he was awarded the Modern Language Association Prize in US Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies for his book, The Borderlands of Culture: Américo Paredes and the Transnational Imaginary (Duke, 2006).