Center of Mexican American Studies
Center of Mexican American Studies

John Morán González


Associate ProfessorPh.D., Stanford University

Associate Professor and Associate Director
John Morán González

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Interests


Latino/a Literature; Chicano/a Literature; Late Nineteenth-Century American Literature; Postcolonial Studies; Narrative Theory

Biography


John Morán González is Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin. He completed his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) at Princeton University and earned two graduate degrees (M.A. and Ph.D.) from Stanford University. He is the recipient of major fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation. He is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), the Department of American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Center for Women and Gender Studies. His major research interests include Latino/a literature, especially Chicano/a literature; late nineteenth-century US literature and culture; narrative theory; postcolonial theory; cultural studies. He is on the Advisory Board for the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project, and served upon the Executive Committee for the MLA Division for Chicano/a Literature. 

Courses


MAS 374 • Latina/O Novels: Amer Dreams

35155 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 308
(also listed as E 379R)

FLAGS:   CD  |  Wr  |  II

E 379R  l  Latina/o Novels, American Dreams

Instructor:  González, J

Unique #:  34700

Semester:  Fall 2015

Cross-lists:  MAS 374

Flags:  Cultural diversity; Independent inquiry; Writing

Restrictions:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

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

Description: This course will consider the complex relationship between the promise of the American Dream and the reality of American life as experience by various Latina/o communities. We will examine novels by Cuban American, Dominican American, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican writers who use the gap between ideals and reality to critically interrogate the terms of Latina/o inclusion into the United States. Situating these texts within their social context will be a major feature of this course.

Possible Texts: All texts will be available at the Campus Coop. They are also on one-day reserve at the Perry-Castañeda Library.

Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban; Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents; Esmeralda Santiago, America’s Dream; Ernesto Quiñonez, Bodega Dreams; Nina Marie Martinez, ¡Caramba!; Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, The Dirty Girls Social Club; Oscar Casares, Amigoland.

Requirements & Grading: The course grade will consist of 1) in-class performance and 2) written research assignment. In-class performance will consist of attendance (10%) and participation (10%) and a 1-2 page exploratory paper for two novels presented in class (5% each; 10% total). The written research assignment consist of: A) thesis proposal (10%); B) annotated bibliography (10%); C) detailed outline (10%); D) first draft peer review (10%); E) oral presentation (10%); F) final revision (20%). Failure to complete all required coursework will result in a failing course grade. Plus/minus grading will be used for the final course grade.

Description subject to change.

MAS 392 • Contemp Latina/Latino Narratvs

35260 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 930am-1100am PAR 305
(also listed as E 395M)

This course will consider the emergence of Latina/o literature during the 1990s as a transnational diasporic literature formed within the context of globalization. Despite the multiple and disparate origins of this literature, its formation in the crucible of US hegemony over Latin America during the twentieth century will ground discussions of its development, its import, and its future. How does Latino/a narrative map out the terrain of social relations in the United States by rewriting canonical “American” texts? How might it function as a critical history of Latino/a communities in the absence of other institutional forms of knowledge? Topics will include: the articulations of cultural forms through racial, gender, and class ideologies; the publishing industry’s role in creating the category of “Latina/o literature;” Latino/a narrative as a critique of NAFTA; migration and exile within the Latino/a imaginary; the urban Latino/a experience; cultural hybridity in the borderlands; feminist examinations of power and sexuality; tropicalization; aesthetic form and the experience of postmodernity.

MAS 374 • Latina/O Novels: Amer Dreams

36210 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 302
(also listed as E 379R)

Instructor:  González, J            Areas:  VI / I

Unique #:  35725            Flags:  Cultural diversity, Independent inquiry, Writing

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  MAS 374            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Six semester hours of upper-division coursework in English.

Description: This course will consider the complex relationship between the promise of the American Dream and the reality of American life as experience by various Latina/o communities. We will examine novels by Cuban American, Dominican American, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican writers who use the gap between ideals and reality to critically interrogate the terms of Latina/o inclusion into the United States. Situating these texts within their social context will be a major feature of this course.

Possible Texts: All texts will be available at the Campus Coop. They are also on one-day reserve at the Perry-Castañeda Library.

Cristina Garcia, Dreaming in Cuban; Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls lost Their Accents; Esmerelda Santiago, America’s Dream; Ernesto Quiñonez, Bodega Dreams; Nina Marie Martinez, ¡Caramba!; Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, The Dirty Girls Social Club; Oscar Casares, Amigoland.

Requirements & Grading: The course grade will consist of: attendance and participation, including in-class free writing exercises and quizzes (10%); two 2-page exploratory papers due every third novel, which will be presented in class (5% each; 10% total); two peer review reports (5% each; 10% total); and two substantial analytical essays. The first of these essays must be significantly revised; the first version of this 5-6 page essay will count for 20% of the final grade, while the revised version will count for 20%. The second essay of 6-7 pages will count for 30%. Failure to complete all required coursework will result in a failing course grade.

Description subject to change.

Publications


González, John Morán. The Troubled Union: Expansionist Imperatives in Post-Reconstruction American Novels. Ohio State University Press, 2010.

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González, John Morán. Border Renaissance: The Texas Centennial and the Emergence of Mexican-American Literature. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2009.

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  1. González, John Morán. Rev. of Spiritual Mestizaje: Religion, Gender, Race, and Nation in Contemporary Chicana Narrative by Theresa Delgadillo and Hispanic Immigrant Literature: El sueño del retorno by Nicolás Kanellos. American Literature 84:2 (June 2012): 459-61.

González, John Morán. "Aztlan @ 50: Chican@ Literary Studies for the Next Decade." Aztlan: A journal of Chicano Studies 35:2 (Fall 2010) 173-176.

Gonzalez, John M., Hinojosa-Smith, R. & Gilb, D. (2007, October) Rolando Hinojosa-Smith and Dagoberto Gilb interviewed by John M. González. Austin Review of Books, 4-5.

Gonzalez, John M. (2004) The Whiteness of the Blush: The Cultural Politics of Racial Formation in María Amparo Ruiz de Burton's The Squatter and the Don. In A. Goldman & A. Montes (Eds.), María Amparo Ruiz de Burton: Critical and Pedagogical Perspectives  (pp.153-168). Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Gonzalez, John M. (2004, September) The Warp of Whiteness: Domesticity and Empire in Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona. American Literary History, 16(3), 437-465.

Gonzalez, John M. (1999, June) Interpreting California and the West. Western American Literature, 34(2), 186-191.

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