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

Fall 2009

E 395M • Early Mexican American Literature

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Course Description

Since the early 1990s, the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project has spearheaded the reconceptualization of the origins and development of Mexican-American literature. Foregrounding questions not only of literary value but of genealogy, resistance, accommodation, co-optation, and (sub)alterity, the recovery project has highlighted the processes by which the institutional contexts of literature, and literary study, are made and unmade. In response to the implicit theorization of alternative canon formation underpinning the Project itself, Chicano/a literary studies finds itself reconstructed by the questions raised through the Recovery Project even as it constitutes its object of study. Recent developments in feminist, marxian, psychoanalytic, queer, postcolonial and border theories will be considered in a dialectical relationship with (re)published texts. Specifically, this course will consider the emergence of Mexican-American literature between 1885 and 1959 through a variety of literary genres, including the historical romance, the bildungsroman, the short story, autobiography, folklore, and history. By examining how Mexican-American writers engaged these literary genres during the Jim Crow era, this course prompts a close analysis of the various aesthetic strategies employed by these authors in encountering modernism and modernity.


All texts are available at Campus Coop. They will also be on reserve at PCL.

Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton, The Squatter and the Don

Conrado Espinoza, El sol de Texas/ Under the Texas Sun

Daniel Venegas, Las adventuras de Don Chipote/The Adventures of Don Chipote

Jovita González de Mireles/Eve Raleigh, Caballero

Américo Paredes, George Washington Gómez

Elena Zamora O'Shea, El Mesquite

Luis Pérez, El Coyote, the Rebel

José Antonio Villareal, Pocho

The required course reader will be available from Speedway Copying in Dobie Mall.


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