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Steven Hoelscher, Chair Burdine 437, Mailcode B7100, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-7277

Fall 2008

AMS 315 • Chicano Literature and Popular Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
30009 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
RAS 213

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to explore the ways in which Chicana/o creative writers have addressed their experience in the United States. What have been the key social and historical processes (i.e. industrialization, modernization, and urbanization) that such writers have identified as formative in the development and transformation of Chicana/o communities? How have Chicanas/os imagined themselves in relation to the nation and beyond? In particular, we will examine processes of social violence and social healing, with emphasis upon the sometimes divergent yet often merging roles of political and spiritual consciousness. We will use close textual analysis of the creative literary production of various Chicanos and Chicanas as a window to investigate the relationship between authors' contexts and their understandings of larger social processes in constructing "the Chicana/o." Film and visual art will be used to supplement in-class discussion.

Grading Policy

30% 2 reflection papers (2-3 pages each, 15% each paper) 30% 1 final essay (6-8 pages) 20% Presentation 10% Short in-class writing exercises 10% Attendance and Participation


Possible Texts Americo Paredes, George Washington Gomez Helena Maria Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus Tomas Rivera, y no sé lo tragó la tierra Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza


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