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

Fall 2007

E 314V • Mexican American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35035 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
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Course Description

This course will consider the relationship between Mexican American literary productions and the social conditions and possibilities of its production, mainly concentrating on novels since the 1970s. Topics will include: cultural nationalism as a response to structural racism, the articulations of literary form and cultural nationalism during the Chicano Renaissance and after, the fate of both texts and their producers within various institutions, the gendered division of literary labor and the feminist critique of nationalist aesthetics.

Grading Policy

Completion of all writing projects and preparation of assigned readings and exercises is mandatory, as is regular section attendance and participation. Note that punctual attendance and prepared participation are essential; anyone arriving more than five (5) minutes after the official class start time will be counted as absent. Emphasis will be placed upon developing college writing skills.

Participation/attendance, including possible pop quizzes 10%
Freewriting exercises 10%
Two outlines of 1 page apiece 10%
Two short papers of 2-3 pages each 20%
Peer review 10%
Two essays of 4-5 pages each 40%
Substantial penalties apply for late or missing work.


All texts are available at the Campus Coop. They are also on one-day reserve at the undergraduate library.
Probable Reading List:
Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima
Latins Anonymous, Plays
Ana Castillo, The Mixquiahuala Letters
Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street
Arturo Islas, The Rain God
Tomás Rivera, . . .y no se lo trago la tierra (bilingual edition)
Helena Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus


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