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

Fall 2005

E 395M • Gend/Class Contemp Mex Am Fict

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33740 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 306

Course Description

Writers Rudolfo Anaya, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Tomas Rivera, Gary Soto, and especially Sandra Cisneros helped to usher Mexican American literature into the American cultural mainstream. While their works introduced readers to the social politics of a Chicana/o cultural identity, they also established the importance of gender and class at the center of the Chicana/o literary tradition. This course will examine gender and class in contemporary Mexican American literature within the last ten years. The texts in this course represent the most recent publications of both new and established Mexican American authors. Their works are often explicit explorations of the intersections between gender and class that reflect the changing social, political, and cultural concerns of Mexican Americans. Issues we will address include, but are not limited to, machismo, the macha, angels, whores, brujas, tranvestis, poverty, exploitation, upward mobility, the emergence of a Mexican American middle class, and consumer and commodity culture.


Required Texts:

Casares, Oscar. Brownsville.

Corpi, Lucha. Eulogy for a Brown Angel.

Gonzalez, Ray. The Ghost of John Wayne: Other Stories (Camino del sol).

Lemus, Felicia Luna. Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties.

L├│pez, Lorraine. Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories.

Martinez, Nina Marie, ¡Caramba!

Serros, Michelle. How to Be a Chicana Role Model.

Urrea, Luis Alberto. In Search of Snow.

Viramontes, Helena Maria. Under the Feet of Jesus.

  Optional Texts:

Mirande, Alfredo. Hombres y Machos: Masculinity and Latino Culture.

Moreno, Robyn and Michelle Herrera Mulligan, eds. Borderline Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, & Cultural Shifting.


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