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Jill Robbins, Chair 150 W 21st Street, Stop B3700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4936

Fall 2003

SPN 341K • Language and Literature of the Southwest

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45015 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
Bat 318
VENTO

Course Description

Analysis and readings from selected Chicano writers ranging from Ricardo Sánchez to Alma Villanueva in poetry, Tomás Rivera to Miguel Méndez in the novel, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith to Jim Sagel in the Short Story and Luis Valdez to Carlos Morton in the Theater. The objective of the course is to provide a survey of the development of Mexican and Chicano thought in an attempt to understand the formulation of the Chicano mind. This course concentrates on the literary genres of the Novel, Poetry, Short Story and Theatre and its themes linking Mexican and Chicano thought. Background readings include a social-political-historical and cultural outline of the Chicano in addition to social-political-religious medieval European and pre-Columbian paradigms

Grading Policy

Exams & Quizzes = 40% (no make-ups) Paper = 40% (50% lang.;50% content) Presentations/Attendance: =20% (Absences—2(-6pts), 3(-9pts), 4(-12pts) Paper requirements: One page each of outline and abstract plus 14 pages of text. (12 font, Times New Roman, double spaced) Must be original on themes and material read in class (no internet or library input). Spanish registrants write in Span; LAS,MAS, write 1/3 in Span, 2/3 in English. Late papers: 5 pts off (1-3 days),10 pts off (5-7 days)

Texts

Antología de la literatura Chicana: Novela, Cuento, Teatro, Poesía (Abels) Mestizo: The History, Culture and Politics of the Mexican and Chicano (Bookstore)

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