Domino R. Perez
Associate Professor — Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln
Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Center for Mexican American Studies
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 512-232-7853
- Office: PAR 117
- Office Hours: TTH 9:30-11:00 a.m.
- Campus Mail Code: B5000
Domino Renee Perez is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Center for Mexican American Studies, specializing in Chican@ Literature, American Literature, Popular Culture, Cultural Studies, and Film. Her book There Was A Woman: La Llorona From Folklore to Popular Culture examines La Llorona, the weeping woman, one of the most famous figures in US/Mexican folklore. Her current book project concerns Mexican American masculinity in literature and film.
For 2009-10, Perez will serve as interim Director for the Center for Mexican American Studies.
- Raymond Dickson Centennial Endowed Teaching Fellowship (2006)
- US-Mexico Relations/Borderlands Research Award (2006)
- Dean’s Fellowship (2005)
E 314V • Mexican American Lit And Cul
TTH 800am-930am PAR 204
(also listed as
MAS 314 )
Instructor: Perez, D Areas: -- / A
Unique #: 35055 Flags: Cultural Diversity; Writing
Semester: Fall 2013 Restrictions: n/a
Cross-lists: MAS 314 Computer Instruction: No
Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.
Description: This course is a general introduction to the literature written by and about Mexican Americans. Students should expect to develop some understanding of the specific cultural, historical, and political contexts that inform the literature. Knowledge of these contexts will enhance our understanding of these authors’ politics and aesthetics, in addition to their views of issues such as race, gender, and class.
Throughout the semester, we will discuss such topics as Pre-Columbian thought and art, the Spanish Conquest, la Virgen de Guadalupe, and the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo to consider critically the impact these events had in the formation of a Mexican American identity. Later, we will address contemporary issues like the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, border politics, immigration, Tejano music, and Mexican Americans in film. Our goal will be to see these cultural productions as embedded in specific contexts that must be explored in order to understand, as much as possible, the cultural and political nuances of the texts.
Texts: Martínez, Domingo. The Boy Kings of Texas (2012); Martínez, Nina Marie. ¡Caramba! A Tale Told in Turns of the Card (2004); Villarreal, José Antonio, Pocho (1959); Viramontes, Helena Maria, The Moths and Other Stories (1985); Handouts--poetry and essays.
Requirements and Grading: Short (2-page) papers every other week (a total of 5), 30%; One final (5-7-page) paper, 30%; Short writing/research assignments (4), 20%; Reading quizzes, 20%.
E 344L • Young Adult: Fiction And Film
MW 300pm-430pm CLA 0.112
(also listed as
MAS 374 )
Instructor: Perez, D Areas: V / U
Unique #: 35470 Flags: n/a
Semester: Spring 2013 Restrictions: n/a
Cross-lists: MAS 374 Computer Instruction: No
Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.
Description: This course will focus on young-adult fiction (also known as young adult literature) that has broad critical and/or popular appeal beyond its intended audience. Specifically, we will examine books that have been adapted or are slated to be adapted into film. This refined focus will allow us to consider how, or even if, these cinematic translations contribute to the popularity of these novels and their protagonists. As an additional critical component of the course, we will augment the readings with books inclusive of diverse experiences and interests but that do have not have the benefit of popular or commercial appeal. While conversations about YA fiction generally focus on the protagonist’s coming-of-age or strategies for incorporating these works into the classroom, our discussions of the works will be framed by critical approaches such as feminist, cultural, ethnic, and gender, as well as genre and film, studies. One major goal is to consider how these works speak to global social and political concerns.
Required Texts: Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter The Sorcerer’s Stone (1998)
Snickett, Lemony. The Bad Beginning (1999), A Series of Unfortunate Events
Cabot, Meg. The Princess Diaries (2000)
Riordon, Rick. The Lightning Thief (2005), Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Selznik, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret (2007)
Clare, Cassandra. City of Bones (2007), The Mortal Instrument Series
Collins, Suzanne. Hunger Games (2008)
Garcia, Kami and Margaret Stohl. Beautiful Creatures (2009)
Condie, Alie. Matched (2010)
Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2011)
•NOTE: Students will supplement the required reading list with works that reflect their own critical, generic, or thematic interests. For MAS 374 students, of the books selected to supplement the reading list, all must demonstrate a significant Mexican American component, such as the following:
Alegria, Malin. Estrella’s Quinceañera (2006)
Alvarado, Lisa, Ann Cardinal, and Jane Coralin, Sister Chicas (2006)
Anaya, Rudolfo. The Curse of the ChupaCabra (2006)
Cisneros, Sandra. House on Mango Street (2004)
Jimenz, Francisco. The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child (1997)
Martinez, Manuel. Drift (2003)
Martinez, Claudia Guadalupe. The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (2008)
Ryan, Pam Muñoz. Esperanza Rising (2000)
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire. Sammy & Juliana in Hollywood (2004)
Sanchez, Alex. Rainbow Boys (2001); Rainbow High (2003); So Hard to Say (2004); Rainbow Road (2005); Getting It (2006); The God Box (2007); Bait (2009); Boyfriends with Girlfriends (2011)
Serros, Michelle. Honey Blonde Chica (2007); ¡Scandelosa! (2007)
Soto, Gary. Jesse (1994); Nickel and Dime (2000); Poetry Lover (2001); The Afterlife (2003); Buried Onions (2003); Local News (2003); Amnesia in a Republican County, (2003); The Afterlife (2005); Accidental Love (2006); When Dad Came Back (2011).
Requirements & Grading: Group presentation, 30%; Annotated bibliography (15 books), 30%; Comparative analysis—Novel and Film (5-6 pp.), 30%; Participation, 10%.
E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American
TTH 800am-930am FAC 21
Instructor: Perez, D Areas: -- / B
Unique #: 34995-35040 Flags: n/a
Semester: Fall 2012 Restrictions: n/a
Cross-lists: n/a Computer Instruction: No
Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.
Description: Literature, Culture, and Identity--
This course is a historically arranged survey of American literature that includes voices and perspectives spanning the 17th through the 21st centuries. Novels by Ernest Hemingway and Toni Morrison will serve as focal points for our discussions about culture and identity (for example, national, ethnic, or gendered) at different historical moments. Our goal will be to see these works as embedded in specific contexts that must be explored in order to understand, as much as possible, the particularized expressions of American identity offered in each.
Texts: Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises; Morrison, Toni. Sula; Course Packet from IT Copy on MLK.
Requirements & Grading: Grades will be based on four exams (20% each), and reading responses/quizzes, attendance, and participation (20%).
Discussion sections are mandatory. In addition to the assigned reading responses, the TA in your discussion section has the option of giving short quizzes or writing assignments. More than one absence from your discussion section could adversely affect your final average.
E 395M • Mexican American Fiction
TTH 930am-1100am GAR 2.124
Mexican American Fiction
Writers Rudolfo Anaya, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Tomas Rivera, Gary Soto, and especially Sandra Cisneros helped usher Mexican American literature into the American cultural mainstream. These authors, along with notable others, introduced readers to the social and cultural contexts that characterize Mexican American cultural identity in literature. The inclusion of these authors' works in literary anthologies and on course syllabi across disciplines at all grade levels serves as evidence of the impact and influence of their work not only in the field of Mexican American but also American literature, as well. The emphasis placed on these authors and a few of their works overshadows, at times, emerging voices or new perspectives in Mexican American literature. Therefore, the texts in this course represent publications of both new and established Mexican American authors, whose works reflect the changing social, political, and cultural concerns of Mexican Americans.
Anaya, Rudolfo, Bless Me, Ultima
Arias, Ron, The Road to Tamazunchale
Chavez, Denise, Loving Pedro Infante
Castillo, Ana, So Far From God
González, Jovita and Eve Raleigh, Caballero
Islas, Arturo, The Rain God
Lemus, Felicia Luna, Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties
Rivera, Tomas, and the earth did not devour him/y no se lo trago la tierra
Villarreal, José Antonio, Pocho
Viramontes, Helena Maria, The Moth and Other Stories
Short stories, including Americo Paredes, Oscar Casares, and Sandra Cisneros
E F344L • Gend/Class/Ethn Amer Lit/Film
MTWTHF 230pm-400pm PAR 206
(also listed as
MAS F374 )
Prerequisites: Comparative Literature 315, English 603B, 316K, or Tutorial Course 603B.
Description: In this course, we will examine the ways in which authors and filmmakers construct gender, class, and ethnicity in each of their texts. We will begin by considering the way in which European American authors and filmmakers use archetypes, national mythology, and gender construction, for example, to produce dominative narratives that inform our views of gender, class, and ethnicity in the United States. Once we have established a context for these prevailing narratives, we will then discuss how Mexican American, American Indian, African American, and European American authors and filmmakers resist, revise, and affirm our assumptions about these issues.
Texts: REQUIRED TEXTS -- Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises; Chavez, Denise. Loving Pedro Infante; Welch, James. Winter in the Blood.
Benshoff, Harry M. and Sean Griffin. America on Film: Representing Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality at the Movies.
Requirements & Grading: Two Film Reviews (20% each; 2 pages): 40%; Reading/Viewing Quizzes: 25%; Final, including essay (4-5 pages): 25%; Participation/Attendance: 10%.
Attendance: Regular attendance is a requirement for this course. Excessive absences will result in a lower overall grade and can cause a student to be dropped from or fail the course.
E 316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American
TTH 800-930 BUR 106
E316K: Masterworks of American Literature
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Dr. Domino Perez / Fall 2009 / Office Hours: TTh 9:30-10:30; Parlin 117
Phone: 232-7853 / E-mail: email@example.com / Meeting: TTh 8-9:30; BUR 106
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Course Description: Literature, Culture, and Identity
This course is a historically arranged survey of American literature that includes voices and perspectives spanning the 17th through the 21st centuries. Novels by Hannah Webster Foster, Luis Alberto Urrea, and Sherman Alexie and a play by August Wilson will serve as focal points for our discussions about culture and identity (for example, national, ethnic, or gendered) at different historical moments. Our goal will be to see these works as embedded in specific contexts that must be explored in order to understand, as much as possible, the particularized expressions of American identity offered in each.
- Alexie, Sherman. Flight
- Urrea, Luis Alberto. In Search of Snow.
- Foster, Hannah. The Coquette.
- Wilson, August. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
- Course Packet from IT Copy on MLK
- Four Unit Exams: 20% each
- Reading Notebook/Attendance/Participation in Discussion Section: 20%
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities may request appropriate academic accommodations from the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, Services for Students with Disabilities, 471-6259.