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

Spring 2009

E 395M • Major Mexican-American Writers

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34785 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 302

Course Description

This seminar will closely examine the full body of work of each of eight major Mexican-American writers where the term "major" refers to the sheer volume and chronological range of their work but also to their general reception in the publishing world as well as their stature among the reading public. Their stature, however, is also decisively evidenced by the large body of scholarly critical writing that has accrued around each of them. Thus, these texts will also afford an opportunity to examine - extensively and intensively - the world of Mexican-American literary criticism and its varying theoretical and methodological perspectives and procedures especially when we can review and compare these as they focus on single writers. Through such extensive reading, both primary and critical, we will be able to chart the development of these writers as early and continuing major voices from within the Mexican-origin community in the United States. We will, of course, also avail ourselves of the obvious opportunity to compare these authors.

In chronological order by birth, the writers are: Amparo Ruiz de Burton Jovita Gonzalez Americo Paredes Rolando Hinojosa Rodolfo Anaya Gloria Anzaldua Richard Rodriguez Sandra Cisneros


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