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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2010

E 314V • Mexican American Lit & Cul-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34085 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
JES A303A
Kurzen

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the literary and cultural productions created by and about Mexican Americans or Chicana/os. Generally, we will approach these works from cultural, formal, and historical perspectives while also focusing on the political contexts that inform the events narrated in our course texts. Additionally, we will pursue such topics as how to write successfully about literature, how to discuss literature in a classroom setting, how to incorporate secondary sources into one's own written arguments, and finally, students will spend considerable time learning how to do close readings of various kinds of texts. While studying how these texts negotiate issues of race, gender, and class, we will also consider how they engage in a dialogue with American mainstream culture.

Texts

Ana Castillo, The Guardians (2007) Tomás Rivera, …y no se lo tragó la tierra/…and the earth did not devour him (1987) Luis Alberto Urrea, In Search of Snow (1994) Helena María Viramontes, The Moths and Other Stories (1985)

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