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Domino R. Perez, Director BLS 1.102, Mailcode F9200, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 471-4557

Patricia M. García

Lecturer Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Patricia M. García

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Interests

Renaissance Literature; Women, Gender, and Literature; and Cultural Studies.

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

35385 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 101
(also listed as E 314V )
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E 314V  l  3-Mexican American Literature and Culture

Instructor:  García, P

Unique #:  34140

Semester:  Spring 2015

Cross-lists:  MAS 314

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Flags:  Cultural Diversity in the U.S.; Writing

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

Description: This course will consider the relationship between Mexican-American literature and culture and the social conditions of its production. Through a study of a variety of texts (including fiction, poetry, art, and film), we will examine the development of individual and cultural identity from both historical and contemporary perspectives.  Some issues we will examine include cultural nationalism during the Chicano Renaissance; post-movement critiques of nationalist aesthetics; the intersection of ethnicity, class, and gender in the formulation of identity; aesthetics and agency in art; and the impact of immigration in the shaping of the Mexican-American experience.  Critical reading and writing skills will aid in our discussions of these issues and in our own examination of self-identity.

Texts: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa; The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros; y no se lo tragó la tierra/and the earth did not swallow him by Tomás Rivera; Brownsville by Oscar Casáres; Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande, Slow Lightening by Edwardo Corral.

Requirements & Grading: Attendance and Participation 10%; Reading Responses 15%; Presentation 15%; Essays (3) 60%.

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

36170 • Fall 2012
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am PAR 304
(also listed as E 314V )
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Instructor:  García, P            Areas:  n/a

Unique #:  34750            Flags:  Writing, Cultural Diversity

Semester:  Fall 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 314            Computer Instruction:  No

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

Description: This course will consider the relationship between Mexican-American literature and the social conditions of its production, mainly concentrating on novels written between 1967 and the present. Topics will include: literary form and cultural nationalism during the Chicano Renaissance, post-movement critiques of nationalist aesthetics, and the impact of immigration in the shaping of the Mexican-American experience.

Texts: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa; House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros; y no se lo tragó la tierra/and the earth did not swallow him by Tomás Rivera; Brownsville by Oscar Casares; Crazy Loco by David Rice

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes 15%; Response Essays 10%; Presentation 15%; Essays (2) 60%.

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

35975 • Spring 2012
Meets MW 330pm-500pm MEZ 1.210
(also listed as E 314V )
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Instructor:  García, P            Areas:  n/a

Unique #:  34705            Flags:  Writing, Cultural Diversity

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 314            Computer Instruction:  No

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

Description: This course will consider the relationship between Mexican-American literature and the social conditions of its production, mainly concentrating on novels written between 1967 and the present. Topics will include: literary form and cultural nationalism during the Chicano Renaissance, post-movement critiques of nationalist aesthetics, and the impact of immigration in the shaping of the Mexican-American experience.

Texts: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa; House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros; y no se low tragó la tierra/and the earth did not swallow him by Tomás Rivera; Brownsville by Oscar Casares; Crazy Loco by David Rice.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes 15%; 3 Short Critical Essays (2-4 pages each) 30%; Research Essay (6-8 pages) 30%; Midterm and Final Exam 25%.

Please note that at least 2 of the short critical essays will undergo a substantial revision process and the research essay will be turned in first as a rough draft and returned with comments in preparation for the final draft. We will also peer edit essays in the class.

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

35710 • Fall 2010
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am PAR 304
(also listed as E 314V )
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Cross-listed with MAS 314

Course Description: This course will consider the relationship between Mexican-American literature and the social conditions of its production, mainly concentrating on novels written between 1967 and the present. Topics will include: literary form and cultural nationalism during the Chicano Renaissance, post-movement critiques of nationalist aesthetics, and the impact of immigration in the shaping of the Mexican-American experience.

Texts: Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa; House on Mango Street and Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros; …y no se low tragó la tierra/…and the earth did not swallow him by Tomás Rivera; Brownsville by Oscar Casares; Crazy Loco by David Rice.

Grading: Quizzes 15%; 3 Short Critical Essays (2-4 pages each) 30%; Research Essay (6-8 pages) 30%; Midterm and Final Exam 25%. Please note that at least 2 of the short critical essays will undergo a substantial revision process and the research essay will be turned in first as a rough draft and returned with comments in preparation for the final draft. We will also peer edit essays in the class.

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

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

35827 • Spring 2010
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 308
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ENGLISH 314V/MAS 314
Mexican American Literature and Culture
Spring 2010

Professor Patricia M. García                
Email: pmgarcia@mail.utexas.edu
Office and Office Hours:  see Blackboard for more information.
Office phone: 471-8354    
Course Unique Numbers/Times/Locations:
•    E 316K 34097; MAS 314 35827; MWF 2-3; PAR 308

Course description: This course will consider the relationship between Mexican-American literature and the social conditions of its production, mainly concentrating on novels written between 1967 and the present. Topics will include: literary form and cultural nationalism during the Chicano Renaissance, post-movement critiques of nationalist aesthetics, and the impact of immigration in the shaping of the Mexican-American experience.

Reading List: All texts are available at the Campus Coop.
•    Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
•    House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
•    Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros;
•    …y no se low tragó la tierra/…and the earth did not swallow him by Tomás Rivera (bilingual edition)
•    Brownsville by Oscar Casares
•    Crazy Loco by David Rice

Prerequisite:  English 603A, Rhetoric and Writing 306, 306Q, or Tutorial Course 603A.

Grading Policies/Evaluation Criteria
Final grades will be determined on the basis of the following rubric.  Plus/minus grades will be awarded.  See schedule for dates of all assignments.
•    Weekly quizzes (6 total):  20% of final grade.
•    Response Essays (6 total): 20% of final grade.
•    Midterm and Final Exam:  60% of final grade
•    Participation/Attendance:  See note below as well as the policy on tardies.
Please note: to ensure fairness, all numbers are absolute, and will not be rounded up or down at any stage. Thus a B- will be inclusive of all scores of 80.000 through 83.999. The University does not recognize the grade of A+.
A = 94-100
A- = 90-93
B+ = 87-89
B = 84-86
B- = 80-83
C+ = 77-79
C = 74-76
C- = 70-73
D+ = 67-69
D =  64-66
D- =  60-63

Attendance will be taken every class; after 7 absences, your final grade will be lowered by one letter grade (10 points).  Each absence after that will result in an additional 2 point deduction.  See below for more information on absences.


Classroom Expectations:
•    We will observe civil classroom behavior at all times, especially during our discussions.
•    In addition to regular class attendance, students are expected to come prepared, bring the textbook to class, and complete all in-class projects.  
•    Please make it to class on time.  If you are more than 5 minutes late, you will be marked as tardy.  Three tardies will constitute one absence.
•    If you need to leave class early, please alert me to this before class begins.
•    If you miss more than 15 minutes of the class (due to a tardy or to leaving class early), you will be counted absent.  
•    Please be cordial and wait until I dismiss the class at the end of each period.  I will try not to keep anyone after the bell rings, but sometimes a few moments are necessary.
•    Please turn off or turn to silent mode all cell phones, and please avoid any texting during class.
•    If you utilize a laptop to take notes in class, please use it only for taking notes.  Searching the web, chatting, working on other assignments, or other such activities is not an appropriate use of your laptop during class lectures, and I ask that you refrain from such activities.
•    Finally, please limit eating/drinking during class so as not to be a distraction, and dispose of all trash properly.

Attendance Policy: Attendance is important as class discussions and work aid your comprehension of materials.  Attendance will be taken every class day.  I do not differentiate between excused and unexcused absences, except in the case of a university-approved absence such as a field trip.  However, I do allow for 7 absences total in a MWF class with no penalty (although I do not advise missing so many class days as your performance in the class will most likely suffer!).  Therefore, on your 8th absence, your grade will be lowered by one letter grade (10 points).   Each absence after that will result in an additional 2-point deduction. Please speak to me in case of an emergency, but be aware of the above policy and plan accordingly.  Also, be aware that three tardies (more than 5 minutes late) will equal one absence.

Absences and Make-Up Work:  If you miss a quiz, you will receive a 0 for the missed work.  You will have 1 opportunity for bonus work during the semester to make up your lowest quiz grade, including a 0. The exams cannot be made up unless you and I have made arrangements before the date of the exam.

Late Essay Policy (Please read carefully!):  You have the option of turning in 1 response essay late this semester.  If you choose to take this option, you don’t need to contact me beforehand, but your essay will be due by midnight the next class meeting day as specified by the assignment guidelines (unless other arrangements have been made with me) and will suffer a 10-point grade reduction. I will not accept the assignment after this time.  If you take this option, you may only take it once; therefore any other assignments will not be accepted late.

Expectations for written work: Response essays must be typed, double-spaced with one-inch margins; this means approximately 250 words per page (12-point font). Note that the minimum page count for each assignment:  for example, 2- pages means at least two full pages, and NOT one and a half or one and three-quarters pages. You will be required to turn in an electronic copy to Blackboard as specified by the assignment guidelines.  All papers must follow MLA format for citations and include a works cited page.

Consultation:  I encourage everyone to use office hours. I am also available by appointment. Writing advice is available from the Undergraduate Writing Center at the Flawn Academic Center. Their website is http://uwc.fac.utexas.edu.

Academic Honesty Statement: Any academic dishonesty will be dealt with according to University policy, including assessment of the stiffest penalty that the instructor may assess (e.g., a failing grade in the course). The University may impose additional sanctions. Cheating in any form, including plagiarism and self-plagiarism, will not be tolerated. If you are unclear about what constitutes plagiarism, ask the instructor.

University Disability Statement: Students with disabilities who require special accommodations need to get a letter that documents the disability from the Services for Students with Disabilities area of the Office of the Dean of Students (471-6259 or 471-4641 (TTY) for users who are hearing-impaired).  This letter should be presented to the instructor in each course at the beginning of the semester and accommodations needed should be discussed at that time.  Five (5) business days before an exam the student should remind the instructor of any testing accommodations that will be needed. See the following website for more information: http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/ssd/providing.php

Blackboard: This course uses Blackboard, a Web-based course management system in which a password-protected site is created for each course. You will be responsible for checking the Blackboard course site regularly (at least twice a week) for class work and announcements; email may also be used for announcements. You will also turn in written assignments directly to the Blackboard site.  Finally, all email correspondence through out Blackboard site should be related to our course rather than personal information.  To access Blackboard, go to www.courses.utexas.edu.


 
Schedule of Readings and Assignments
Spring 2010:  E314V/MAS 314 (MWF 2:00-3:00)
Please note that this schedule is subject to revision as necessary.
Updated 1/11/10

DATE    TOPIC/READINGS    ASSIGNMENTS
1/18    No class-MLK day    
1/20    Class Orientation    
1/22    The House on Mango Street    
        
1/25    The House on Mango Street    
1/27    The House on Mango Street    
1/29    The House on Mango Street    Quiz 1
        
2/1    …y no se lo traigo la tierra    
2/3    …y no se lo traigo la tierra    
2/5    …y no se lo traigo la tierra     Response 1
        
2/8    …y no se lo traigo la tierra film    
2/10    …y no se lo traigo la tierra film    
2/12    …y no se lo traigo la tierra film    Quiz 2
        
2/15    Crazy Loco    
2/17    Crazy Loco    
2/19    Crazy Loco    Response 2
        
2/22    Borderlands/La Frontera    
2/24    Borderlands/La Frontera    
2/26    Borderlands/La Frontera    Quiz 3
        
3/1    Borderlands/La Frontera    
3/3    Borderlands/La Frontera    
3/5    Blanton Museum visit/ “Bravo: Another Image of Mexico” Exhibit    Response 3
        
3/8    Mexican American Art    
3/10    Mexican American Art    
3/12        Midterm Exam
        
3/15-19    Spring Break    
        
3/22    Real Women Have Curves  (film)    
3/24    Real Women Have Curves  (film)    
3/26    Real Women Have Curves  (film)    Response 4
        
3/29    Borderlands/La Frontera    
3/31    Borderlands/La Frontera    
4/2    Borderlands/La Frontera    Quiz 4
        
4/5    Woman Hollering Creek (selected stories)    
4/7    Woman Hollering Creek (selected stories)    
4/9    Ransom Center Visit/”Viva:  Mexican Independence” (tentative)    Response 5
        
4/12    Woman Hollering Creek (selected stories)    
4/14    Woman Hollering Creek (selected stories)    
4/16    Woman Hollering Creek (selected stories)    Quiz 5
        
4/19    Mexican American Poetry    
4/21    Mexican American Poetry    
4/23    Mexican American Poetry    Quiz 6
        
4/26    Brownsville    
4/28    Brownsville    
4/30    Brownsville    Response 6
        
5/3    Brownsville    
5/5    Brownsville    
5/7        Final Exam
        
        



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