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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 379S • Senior Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34825 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 204
PerEZ

Course Description

Writers Rudolfo Anaya, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Tomas Rivera, Gary Soto, and especially Sandra Cisneros helped usher Mexican American literature into the American cultural mainstream. These authors, along with notable others, introduced readers to the social and cultural politics that characterize Mexican American cultural identity in literature. The inclusion of these authors' works in literary anthologies and on course syllabi across disciplines at all grade levels serves as evidence of the impact and influence of their work not only in the field of Mexican American but also American literature, as well. The emphasis placed on these authors and a few of their works overshadows, at times, emerging voices or new perspectives in Mexican American literature. Therefore, the texts in this course represent the most recent publications of both new and established Mexican American authors, whose works reflect the changing social, political, and cultural concerns of Mexican Americans.

Grading Policy

Two 3-4-page papers (20% each) 40%
One 8-10-page seminar paper 40%
Peer Review 10%
Abstract and Bibliography 10%

Texts

Casares, Oscar, Brownsville (2003)
Jiménez, Francisco, The Circuit (1997)
Gonzalez, Ray, The Ghost of John Wayne and Other Stories (2001)
Lopez, Lorraine, Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories (2002)
Alvarado, Lisa, Ann Cardinal, and Jane Coralin, Sister Chicas (2006)
Trujillo, Carla, What Night Brings (2003)

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