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Domino R. Perez, Director BUR 552, Mailcode F9200, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 471-4557

Domino R. Perez

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Associate Professor and Director
Domino R. Perez

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American Literature; Popular Culture; and Chicano/a Literature, Film and Cultural Studies

MAS 374 • Young Adult: Fiction And Film

36453 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm BUR 112
(also listed as E 344L )
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Instructor:  Perez, D

Unique #:  35770

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  MAS 374

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: This course will focus on young-adult fiction (also known as young adult literature) that has broad critical and/or popular appeal beyond its intended audience. As an additional critical component of the course, we will augment the readings with films and books inclusive of diverse experiences and interests but that do not necessarily have the benefit of popular or commercial appeal. While conversations about YA fiction generally focus on the protagonist’s coming-of-age or strategies for incorporating these works into the classroom, our discussions of the works will be framed by critical approaches such as feminist, cultural, ethnic, and gender, as well as genre and film studies. One major goal is to consider how these works by British, Mexican American, American, and American Indian authors speak to global, social, and political concerns.

Required Texts: Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone (1998); Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games (2008); Dashner, James. Maze Runner (2009); Roth, Veronica. Divergent (2011); Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street (1984); Rivera, Tomas. and the earth did not devour him (1971); Alexie, Sherman. Flight (2007).

Requirements & Grading: Participation/Attendance 10%; Reading Quizzes 30%; Final Project 30%; Group Presentation 30%.

MAS 374 • Young Adult: Fiction And Film

36696 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 800am-930am CLA 0.112
(also listed as E 344L )
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Instructor:  Perez, D

Unique #:  36011

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: This course will focus on young-adult fiction (also known as young adult literature) that has broad critical and/or popular appeal beyond its intended audience. As an additional critical component of the course, we will augment the readings with films and books inclusive of diverse experiences and interests but that do not necessarily have the benefit of popular or commercial appeal. While conversations about YA fiction generally focus on the protagonist’s coming-of-age or strategies for incorporating these works into the classroom, our discussions of the works will be framed by critical approaches such as feminist, cultural, ethnic, and gender, as well as genre and film studies. One major goal is to consider how these works by British, Mexican American, American, and American Indian authors speak to global, social, and political concerns.

Required Texts: Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone (1998); Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games (2008); Dashner, James. Maze Runner (2009); Roth, Veronica. Divergent (2011); Cisneros, Sandra. The House on Mango Street (1984); Rivera, Tomas. and the earth did not devour him (1971); Alexie, Sherman. Flight (2007).

Requirements & Grading: Participation/Attendance 10%; Reading Quizzes 30%; Final Project 30%; Group Presentation 30%.

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

36455 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 800am-930am PAR 204
(also listed as E 314V )
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Instructor:  Perez, D            Areas:  -- / A

Unique #:  35055            Flags:  Cultural Diversity; Writing

Semester:  Fall 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 314            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: This course is a general introduction to the literature written by and about Mexican Americans. Students should expect to develop some understanding of the specific cultural, historical, and political contexts that inform the literature. Knowledge of these contexts will enhance our understanding of these authors’ politics and aesthetics, in addition to their views of issues such as race, gender, and class.

Throughout the semester, we will discuss such topics as Pre-Columbian thought and art, the Spanish Conquest, la Virgen de Guadalupe, and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo to consider critically the impact these events had in the formation of a Mexican American identity. Later, we will address contemporary issues like the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, border politics, immigration, Tejano music, and Mexican Americans in film. Our goal will be to see these cultural productions as embedded in specific contexts that must be explored in order to understand, as much as possible, the cultural and political nuances of the texts.

Texts: Martínez, Domingo. The Boy Kings of Texas (2012); Martínez, Nina Marie. ¡Caramba! A Tale Told in Turns of the Card (2004); Villarreal, José Antonio, Pocho
 (1959); Viramontes, Helena Maria, The Moths and Other Stories
 (1985); Handouts--poetry and essays.

Requirements and Grading: Short (2-page) papers every other week (a total of 5), 30%; One final (5-7-page) paper, 30%; Short writing/research assignments (4), 20%; Reading quizzes, 20%.

MAS 374 • Young Adult: Fiction And Film

36225 • Spring 2013
Meets MW 300pm-430pm CLA 0.112
(also listed as E 344L )
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Instructor:  Perez, D            Areas:  V / U

Unique #:  35470            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 374            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: This course will focus on young-adult fiction (also known as young adult literature) that has broad critical and/or popular appeal beyond its intended audience. Specifically, we will examine books that have been adapted or are slated to be adapted into film. This refined focus will allow us to consider how, or even if, these cinematic translations contribute to the popularity of these novels and their protagonists. As an additional critical component of the course, we will augment the readings with books inclusive of diverse experiences and interests but that do have not have the benefit of popular or commercial appeal. While conversations about YA fiction generally focus on the protagonist’s coming-of-age or strategies for incorporating these works into the classroom, our discussions of the works will be framed by critical approaches such as feminist, cultural, ethnic, and gender, as well as genre and film, studies. One major goal is to consider how these works speak to global social and political concerns.

Required Texts: Rowling, J.K.  Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone (1998)

Snickett, Lemony. The Bad Beginning (1999), A Series of Unfortunate Events

Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries (2000)

Riordon, Rick. The Lightning Thief (2005), Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Selznik, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)

Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones (2007), The Mortal Instrument Series

Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games (2008)

Garcia, Kami and Margaret Stohl. Beautiful Creatures (2009)

Condie, Alie. Matched (2010)

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011)

•NOTE: Students will supplement the required reading list with works that reflect their own critical, generic, or thematic interests. For MAS 374 students, of the books selected to supplement the reading list, all must demonstrate a significant Mexican American component, such as the following:

Alegria, Malin. Estrella’s Quinceañera (2006)

Alvarado, Lisa, Ann Cardinal, and Jane Coralin, Sister Chicas (2006)


Anaya, Rudolfo. The Curse of the ChupaCabra (2006)

Cisneros, Sandra. House on Mango Street (2004)

Jimenz, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1997)

Martinez, Manuel. Drift (2003)

Martinez, Claudia Guadalupe. The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (2008)

Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising (2000)

Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood (2004)

Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys (2001); Rainbow High (2003); So Hard to Say (2004); Rainbow Road (2005); Getting It (2006); The God Box (2007); Bait (2009); Boyfriends with Girlfriends (2011)

Serros, Michelle. Honey Blonde Chica (2007); ¡Scandelosa! (2007)

Soto, Gary. Jesse (1994); Nickel and Dime (2000); Poetry Lover (2001); The Afterlife (2003); Buried Onions (2003); Local News (2003); Amnesia in a Republican County, (2003); The Afterlife (2005); Accidental Love (2006); When Dad Came Back (2011).

Requirements & Grading: Group presentation, 30%; Annotated bibliography (15 books), 30%; Comparative analysis—Novel and Film (5-6 pp.), 30%; Participation, 10%.

MAS F374 • Gend/Class/Ethn Amer Lit/Film

84015 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 230pm-400pm PAR 206
(also listed as E F344L )
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Prerequisites: Comparative Literature 315, English 603B, 316K, or Tutorial Course 603B.

 

Description: In this course, we will examine the ways in which authors and filmmakers construct gender, class, and ethnicity in each of their texts. We will begin by considering the way in which European American authors and filmmakers use archetypes, national mythology, and gender construction, for example, to produce dominative narratives that inform our views of gender, class, and ethnicity in the United States. Once we have established a context for these prevailing narratives, we will then discuss how Mexican American, American Indian, African American, and European American authors and filmmakers resist, revise, and affirm our assumptions about these issues. 

 

Texts: REQUIRED TEXTS -- Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises; Chavez, Denise. Loving Pedro Infante; Welch, James. Winter in the Blood.

 

Benshoff, Harry M. and Sean Griffin. America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies.

 

Requirements & Grading: Two Film Reviews (20% each; 2 pages): 40%; Reading/Viewing Quizzes: 25%; Final, including essay (4-5 pages): 25%; Participation/Attendance: 10%.

 

Attendance: Regular attendance is a requirement for this course. Excessive absences will result in a lower overall grade and can cause a student to be dropped from or fail the course.

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