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

Spring 2009

E 314V • Mexican American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33670 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

This course will consider the relationship between Mexican-American literature and the social conditions of its production, mainly concentrating on novels written between 1967 and the present. Topics will include: ethnic identity, immigration, education, feminism, and cultural nationalism.

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. The course grade will consist of: participation/attendance (10%), including possible pop quizzes; 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.


Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima
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
Latins Anonymous, Plays


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