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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 314V • Mexican American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33772 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 304
Herrera

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to Mexican American literature and culture. We will "read" a variety of texts, including poetry, short stories, novels, and films in order to consider how these texts' writers and filmmakers have represented Mexican American culture and identity in the United States. Our focus will be on how these texts negotiate issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class and how they engage in a dialogue with American mainstream culture.

Grading Policy

Journal assignments 20%
Critical analysis 20%
Research paper 30%
Presentation 10%
Participation 10%
Peer Review 5%
Attendance 5%

Texts

(subject to change)
Ana Castillo, My Father Was a Toltec
Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek
Arturo Islas, The Rain God
Tomas Rivera, ...y no se lo trago la tierra
Michelle Serros, How to be a Chicana Role Model
Luis Urrea, In Search of Snow
Secondary readings

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