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3/9— Renato Rosaldo, The Day of Shelly’s Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief (Duke University Press, 2013) and The Chasers (Duke University Press, 2019)

Renato Rosaldo Professor Emeritus of Cultural Anthropology and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. He is an American award-winning poet and anthropologist. His collection of poems, The Day of Shelly’s Death: The Poetry and Ethnography of Grief, focuses on the shock of his wife Michelle (Shelly) Rosaldo’s sudden death on October 11, 1981. He explores not only his own experience of Shelly’s death but also the imagined perspectives of many others whose lives intersected with that tragic event and its immediate aftermath. In his book The Chasers, Rosaldo shares his experiences and those of his group of twelve Mexican American Tucson High School friends known as the Chasers as they grew up, graduated, and fell out of touch. Derived from interviews with the Chasers and three other friends conducted after their fiftieth high school reunion, Rosaldo’s poems present a chorus of distinct voices and perspectives that convey the realities of Chicano life on the borderlands from the 1950s to the present.


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Time: Mar 9, 2021 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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