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

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

Professor Ph.D., University of Illinois

Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith

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American Literature and Creative Writing

MAS 314 • Mexican American Lit And Cul

36380 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 1.134
(also listed as E 314V )
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Instructor:  Hinajosa-Smith, R

Unique #:  35130

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  MAS 314

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

Description: The course will cover a wide-spectrum of Mexican-Society: We will begin with Mexican-American urbanites living in one of this country’s largest cities.  This text will be followed by a Mexican family who crosses illegally into the United States to work and to search for the so-called American Dream.  The third text centers on Mexican American migrant workers who, in contrast to the characters in the preceding novel, are native born Americans.  The next text is a book of poetry by a Mexican American writer who has also won high recognition as a writer of Children’s Literature.  In contrast to the novels mentioned, the students will now read of middle class Mexican American citizens who have lived in the area since the middle of the eighteenth century.  The final novel is the second part of the second text; the family, after naturalization, and are now American citizens.  The different strata of this section of American society provide a wide scope of Mexican American life.

The class will not be a replica of many lecture classes: in this instance, the professor will read from prepared lectures and the students will be given copies of them and thus 1) read the material, and 2) hear it as the professor reads the lecture.  This, along with the student’s reading assignments, is designed for the students to come prepared with written questions or statements, which will be turned in to the professor prior the beginning of the class.  Questions written in class will not be accepted.

There will be no less than six essays; the student should read carefully; short quizzes will form part of the daily assignment.  The book of poetry will entail oral readings and a declamation of a poem (from a list of ten ) that the students will choose to recite during the semester.

Texts: The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

The Circuit, Francisco Jimenez

And the Earth Did Not Devour Him, Tomas Rivera

Ask a Policeman, Rolando Hinojosa

Breaking Through, Francisco Jimenez

Grading: The Essays: 80%; short quizzes: 15%; and the poetry declamation: 5%

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36455 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am GAR 2.112
(also listed as E 342 )
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Instructor:  Hinojosa-Smith, R

Unique #:  35750

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  MAS 374

Flags:  Cultural Diversity

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential.

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Requirements & Grading: This course calls for six to seven essays to meet the writing requirements. The essays are worth 8% and the daily quizzes count for 15 points of the final grade.

This is an English course, and it calls for close reading. The following elements: punctuation, clarity, mechanics, usage, and grammar are the students’ responsibility. It is essential, then, that you know what they mean.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36697 • Spring 2014
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm PAR 306
(also listed as E 342 )
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Instructor:  Hinojosa-Smith, R

Unique #:  35985

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  MAS 374

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential.

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Requirements & Grading: This course calls for six to seven essays to meet the writing requirements. The essays are worth 8% and the daily quizzes count for 15 points of the final grade.

This is an English course, and it calls for close reading. The following elements: punctuation, clarity, mechanics, usage, and grammar are the students’ responsibility. It is essential, then, that you know what they mean.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36545 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm GAR 0.128
(also listed as E 342 )
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Instructor:  Hinojosa-Smith, R            Areas:  V / U

Unique #:  35780            Flags:  Cultural Diversity

Semester:  Fall 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 374            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential.

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Requirements & Grading: This course calls for six to seven essays to meet the writing requirements. The essays are worth 8% and the daily quizzes count for 15 points of the final grade.

This is an English course, and it calls for close reading. The following elements: punctuation, clarity, mechanics, usage, and grammar are the students’ responsibility. It is essential, then, that you know what they mean.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36250 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm GAR 0.128
(also listed as E 342 )
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Instructor:  Hinojosa-Smith, R            Areas:  V / U

Unique #:  35420            Flags:  Cultural Diversity

Semester:  Fall 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 374            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential.

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Requirements & Grading: This course calls for six to seven essays to meet the writing requirements. The essays are worth 8% and the daily quizzes count for 15 points of the final grade.

This is an English course, and it calls for close reading. The following elements: punctuation, clarity, mechanics, usage, and grammar are the students’ responsibility. It is essential, then, that you know what they mean.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36065 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm GAR 2.128
(also listed as E 342 )
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Instructor:  Hinojosa-Smith, R            Areas:  V / U

Unique #:  35295            Flags:  Cultural Diversity

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 374            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential.

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Requirements & Grading: This course calls for six to seven essays to meet the writing requirements. The essays are worth 8% and the daily quizzes count for 15 points of the final grade.

This is an English course, and it calls for close reading. The following elements: punctuation, clarity, mechanics, usage, and grammar are the students’ responsibility. It is essential, then, that you know what they mean.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36065 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 206
(also listed as E 342 )
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Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential. 

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Requirements & Grading: The course calls for six to seven essays to meet the writing requirements. The essays are worth 85% and the daily quizzes count for 15 points of the final grade.

This is an English course, and it calls for close reading. The following elements: punctuation, clarity, mechanics, usage, and grammar are the students’ responsibility. It is essential, then, that you know what they mean.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Southwest-Mex Am

36325 • Spring 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 206
(also listed as E 342 )
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Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Course Description: This close-reading course focuses on works by men and women descendants of the original colonial settlers under the Spanish crown and some whose ancestors were Mexican-born. The course will cover two genres, the novel and a book of poetry, the latter by Pat Mora. This is a close-reading class.

During the course of the semester, the students will be reminded orally and by the written word that this is a course in an English Department and that punctuation, clarity, mechanics, diction, and grammar are not only important, they are also essential.

Texts: Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street; Tomás Rivera, . . . And the Earth Did Not Devour Him; Pat Mora, Borders; Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit and Breaking Through; Rolando Hinojosa, Ask a Policeman.

Grading: Each student is assigned two grades of 100; the first is inviolate, the second will record lapses; each lapse counts 1.5 points. The lapses will be deducted from the first grade of 100 and what remains will be added to the inviolate and divided by two. Plusses and minuses will also be assigned. Essays due on Fridays will be returned on the next class day. Time will be taken to point out lapses and strong points of the students' s work.

Class lectures will provide the cultural and linguistic backgrounds found in the texts. Student-led discussion either individually or by teams of twos will also form part of the class instruction.

In poetry, each student will memorize and recite a poem from Mora's text; to prevent embarrassment, the recitation will be held individually at the student's and the instructor's convenience in the instructor's office.

Class attendance is a student's responsibility; more than three absences will affect the students' grades; this does not affect death in the family or illness; the latter must be verified by a doctor's written statement.

MAS 374 • Life/Lit Of Sthwest-Mex Am-W

35950 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 PAR 206
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E342: Life and Literature of the Southwest (34825)

Professor Hinojosa-Smith
Spring 2010, TuTh 9:30 - 11:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please download the full syllabus.

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