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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2007

SOC 308D • Ethnicity and Gender: La Chicana

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
47577 MW
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
WAG 420

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to examine the heterogeneous experiences of Chicanas in the United States. This involves examining the history of the term, "Chicana" as it was applied to and incorporated by Mexican American women during the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement in Texas and other areas of the Southwest United States. We will also explore what it means to be a Chicana in the United States today. The course will begin with a historical overview of Mexican American women's experiences in the U.S., including the emergence of Chicana feminism. We will discuss and various theories of Chicana feminism and their application via women's lived experience, in particular though narratives. In doing so, the class will engage in interdisciplinary analysis of customs, values, belief systems, and cultural symbols. We will examine Chicana experiences and self-identification through aspects of expressive culture such as religion and spirituality and in cultural art forms such as writing and art. Finally, we will examine public representations of Chicanas through racial and gender analyses of film and television portrayals.

Grading Policy

-Midterm Exam (3) Two-page reflection/response pieces
Final oral history project in place of final exam
Discussion Questions
*Grade weights to be determined
Note: This course is a discussion course and participation and attendance are required.


(subject to change)
Garcia, Alma, ed., Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writings, 1997
Ruiz, Vicki, From out of the Shadows: Mexican Women in the Twentieth-Century America, 1998
AnzaldĂșa, Gloria, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza 1987
Class reader


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