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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
35042 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
par 206

Course Description

This course will provide an introduction to Mexican American literature. Through our readings, discussions, presentations, and assignments we will develop historical, political, cultural, regional, and literary contexts with which we will examine, interpret, and question the texts. Our course will also focus on key thematic concerns, including the emergence of the Chicano Movement, changing and conflicting conceptions of Mexican American identity, regionalism, race, gender, class, and the creation of the Mexican American literary canon, all of which will be developed further within the writing assignments and presentations. Because this course is built upon our analysis of the texts and the issues and themes surrounding them, it is imperative that students complete all assigned readings, post reading responses, attend class, and participate in discussion.

Grading Policy

Attendance (10%)
Participation (10%)
Reading Responses (20%)
Paper 1 (10%)
Paper 2 (15%)
Paper 3 (20%)
Presentation/Daily Writing (15%)


Pocho, José Antonio Villarreal
...y no se lo tragó la tierra, Tomás Rivera
George Washington Gomez, Americo Paredes
The Valley, Rolando Hinojosa
Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros
Hunger of Memory, Richard Rodríguez
The Dirty Girls Social Club, Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
Brownsville, Oscar Casares


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